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The Alfred Wegener Institute is a foundation under public law. (Stiftung des öffentlichen Rechts) The AWI is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.


The Alfred Wegener Institute is legally represented by its Directorate: Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Director) Dr. Karsten Wurr (Administrative Director)

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Editorial responsibility

Responsible for journalistic-editorial contents of Dr. Julia Boike (Head of working group “Energy and Waterfluxes” in the Permafrost Research Section)


The content of all web pages of this website is protected by copyright. All illustrations and images on the websites of the Alfred Wegener Institute may not be copied, reproduced or distributed without the permission of the AWI. A change of the meta data (IPTC data incl. naming of originator, source, copyright notice and terms of use) of the images is not permitted.

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The Alfred Wegener Institute authorises the following private use of images on this website:

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The Alfred Wegener Institute authorises the following free use of images in the press section of this website for editorial journalistic publications under the following conditions:

  • The images used illustrate contributions about the work of the Alfred Wegener Institute.
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Images under a Creative Commons license may be used according to the license used.

In general, the Alfred Wegener Institute does not grant permission to use images on this website for the following purposes:

  • Advertising, design of advertisements, commercials etc.
  • Sale of products in which the focus is on images (T-shirts, coffee cups, large prints)
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Liability notice

No liability is assumed for completeness, editorial and technical errors, topicality, omissions, etc. or the accuracy of the content, unless the author can be proven to have acted with intent or gross negligence.

The Alfred Wegener Institute is committed to making its website accessible.

This accessibility statement applies to

Compliance status

This website is partially compliantiv with BITV 2.0, due to the non-compliances and/or the exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):

non-compliance with the BITV 2.0

  1. Color contrast

Description: Contrast between text color and background color is insufficient for some elements.

Measure: Introduction of a button to see a high-contrast color variant.

  1. Missing alternative texts

Description: Many visual elements lack a corresponding alternative text.

Measures: The field for alternative text has now been made mandatory in the content management system. Also, all web editors have been informed about the necessity of an alternative text.

This statement was prepared on 23.09.2021 and updated for this site on 15.03.2024.

The technical review of accessibility was carried out by: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

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Enforcement procedure:

If your contact with the public body was not successful, you can contact the central office for accessible information technology in Bremen. This also offers further information on enforcement.

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