Researching the sea ice of the Arctic and Antarctic and highlighting its essential role in the Earth system is a substantial scientific undertaking. Accordingly, research institutes from around the globe have joined forces, allowing each to benefit from the strengths of the others. The same applies to knowledge transfer. We pursue research on a public basis for the benefit of all, yet it is equally important that all have access to our findings. Consequently, four strong partners from the sea-ice research community have formed an alliance to share information on their findings.
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is an internationally recognised research institute based in Bremerhaven, Germany, and specialises in investigating the polar regions, as well as the coasts and oceans of the temperate latitudes, from the atmosphere to the deep sea. Together with numerous German and international partners, it is working to unravel the complex processes at work in the “Earth system”. It is one of very few scientific institutes in the world to focus on the Arctic and Antarctic alike, encompassing the bio-, geo- and climate sciences.
Helmholtz-Verbund Regionale Klimaänderungen und Mensch
The Helmholtz Research Initiative REKLIM (Regional Climate Change and Humans) is a network bringing together nine research centres from the Helmholtz Associationcombining a range of research topics in a comprehensive approach. REKLIM produces regional information on climate change and transforms it into societal benefits. To do so, it combines regional observations, process studies and coupled model-based simulations with a focus on regional climate change and how it is connected to human beings.
Climate Office for Polar Regions and Sea Level Rise
at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research – the AWI. Through its knowledge transfer activities and dialogue processes with society, the Climate Office represents an essential pillar in terms of enhancing the societal effect of scientific findings, both for the AWI and REKLIM. The Office has focused on this important function as a bridge-builder and interface since 2008. Within the AWI, it is part of the Climate Sciences division, where its work encompasses various topics and sections.
Institute of Enfironmental Physics
The Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP) has set itself the goal of investigating the Earth system with the aid of physical methods. Focus areas include atmospheric research, marine and cryosphere research, and (e.g. satellite-based) remote sensing. One integral component of the IUP: the Institute of Remote Sensing (IFE), which for purely organisational purposes was created to support long-term space experiments.