The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is one of the leading and internationally recognized centers for climate research in both polar regions and the oceans. This is owed to the Alfred Wegener Institute's innovative science and excellent research infrastructure that have been built up since its founding in 1980.
The polar regions play a central role in global climate. Their investigation is instrumental in uncovering the complex relationships in the "System Earth". Thus, the research goal is the focus to decipher the driving forces and processes in the climate. The research results provide central mosaic stones, to understand the complex global picture. An overall picture that is urgently needed in order to make appropriate and knowledge-based policy decisions for the future of humankind.
Cutting-edge research on sea ice, the polar oceans and their ecosystems, the North Sea, the Wadden Sea, the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, the polar atmosphere, the permafrost areas, climate history and the history of our earth are distinguishing the Alfred Wegener Institute. Characteristic are also its strong international network and the broad scientific expertise. In order to resolve outstanding issues, bio-, geo-and climate sciences work closely together. Field research under extreme conditions is also part of everyday life such as work in modern laboratories, with powerful mainframes and remote sensing methods.
Because the Polar and Marine Research is always a logistical challenge, the AWI has an excellent infrastructure which supports the national and international scientific community. This includes research vessels like the "Polar Star" and the "Station Helgoland", seasonally or permanently occupied research stations such as the "Neumayer III" in Antarctica and the German-French research base "AWIPEV" on Spitsbergen, scientific observatories, innovative measurement systems and the polar aircraft "Polar 5" and "Polar 6".
The Alfred Wegener Institute is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the largest scientific organization in Germany. It is funded 90 percent by the Federal Ministry of Research. The state of Bremen is involved with eight percent, the states of Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein with one percent. In addition to its headquarters in Bremerhaven the Potsdam Research Unit, Biological Institute Helgoland and the Wadden Sea Station Sylt belong to the research center. It has a budget of EUR 140 million and more than 1,000 employees.
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