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Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

As a Helmholtz center for polar and marine research the Alfred Wegener institute works above all in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Together with numerous national and international partners we are involved to decipher the complicated processes in the "system of earth". Our planet is in a radical climate change. The pole areas and seas change. At the same time they play a central role in the global climate system. How does the planet earth develop? Do we observe short-term variations or long-term trends? Polar and marine research has always been a fascinating scientific challenge. Today it is also a piece of futurology.

The AWI was named after the German polar explorer who discovered the continental drift, Alfred Wegener. The Institute was first launched in 1980 with only a handful of employees - today that number has risen to more than a thousand. The AWI is a foundation under public law and member of the Helmholtz Association - the largest scientific organization in Germany. Though based in Bremerhaven, we also operate facilities in Potsdam, on Helgoland and in List on the isle of Sylt. As a family-friendly institute, the AWI constantly strives to be an attractive employer for candidates from around the globe.

As an internationally respected center of expertise on polar and marine research, the Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the very few scientific institutions in the world that are equally active in the Arctic and Antarctic. It coordinates German polar research efforts, while also conducting research in the North Sea and adjacent coastal regions in Germany. Combining innovative approaches, outstanding research infrastructure and years of expertise, the Alfred Wegener Institute explores nearly all aspects of the Earth system – from the atmosphere to the ocean floor. In this regard, initiatives to better grasp the climate-related processes on our planet have increasingly taken center stage.

The Institute's work is characterized by a high degree of international and interdisciplinary collaboration: experts from the bio-, geo- and climate sciences work closely together at the AWI. Field research under extreme conditions is just as much a part of the Institute's day-to-day work as are analyses using cutting-edge laboratory equipment and high-performance supercomputers. Having recognized that polar and marine research often poses serious logistical challenges, the AWI also maintains an excellent infrastructure, allowing it to make resources available for the national and international research communities  including several research ships, aircraft, and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The biosciences division at the Alfred Wegner Institute focuses on the identification and quantification of species and the investigation of their behavior and living. We test scenarios of changing biodiversity and biogeochemical processes by coupled physical-biological models. Our main interest centers on interactions between biology and abiotic processes and in particular, on the carbon and energy cycle in the ecosystems of the Polar Regions and of the shelf and coastal regions of the North Sea.

The ombudsman of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) ensures good scientific practice at the AWI in accordance with the recommendations formulated by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The ombudsman is available to all scientists directly and independently for advice and support in questions of good scientific practice and its infringement by scientific improbity.

The following is the list of scholars from Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences

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