- Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
The Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research is a scientific organization located in
Bremerhaven, Germany. The institute was founded in 1980and is named after revolutionary meteorologist climatologist, and geologist Alfred Wegener. The Alfred Wegener Institute is a member of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft.
Structure of the institute
The institute has four major departments:
*Climate System Department, which studies
oceans, iceand atmosphere as physical and chemical systems.
*Pelagic Ecosystems Department, which studies the ecology of
planktonwith regard to sea ice and sea shelf systems.
*Benthic Ecosystems Department, which studies the biology of ocean floors at a variety of depths.
*Geosystems Department, which studies climate development, especially as revealed by sediments.
Besides its main site in Bremerhaven, the institute has research stations in Potsdam, Helgoland, Sylt, the
Arcticand Antarctic, and a research vessel, the PFS "Polarstern".
* [http://www.awi.de/en/ Alfred Wegener Institute]
* [http://www.helmholtz.de/ Helmholtz Association]
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