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Auf landwirtschaftlich genutzten Flächen werden die CRNS-Messungen von anderen meteorologischen und bodenkundlichen Messungen begleitet, um die Auswertung des Neutronensignals weiter zu verfeinern.

Innovative measurements of soil moisture

DFG-research group „Cosmic Sense“ enters the second phase

Gruppenfoto der indischen Delegation aus Roorkee mit Vizepräsidentin Höhle, den Repräsentanten von AWI, GFZ, IASS und PIK sowie Vertretern des RTG NatRiskChange und des Forschungsschwerpunktes Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften

Delegation from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee visits the University of Potsdam

Representatives from UP, GFZ, PiK, AWI and IASS discuss the intensification of institutional cooperation in earth system science

Figure shows a drought map

Water scarcity in Germany

Prof. Axel Bronstert speaks to the Editorial Network Germany about future droughts in Germany on occasion of the World Water Day 2022

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Highlights from Earth System Science

A 3D-snapshot of the molecular structure of Platinum dissolved in a hydrothermal fluid

Platinum hitches a ride with sulfur in the Earth’s crust

Platinum group elements (PGE, also termed platinoids) have been believed to be extremely poorly soluble and little mobile in natural fluids ...

Sea ice

Heat transport from the Mediterranean to the North Atlantic

With progressing global warming, sea ice melting across the Arctic Ocean is expected to increase and might be even accelerated by the newly described oceanic heat-pump.

Sunset over the Havel

New master's degree program "Climate, Earth, Water and Sustainability"

Graduates of our international master's degree program CLEWS will be trained to become experts in the field of climate science research in order to address the consequences of global warming.

water with gas

Secrets of the Water

Two Potsdam researchers are involved in the new international Center for Molecular Water Science, which has now published its research program.

Prof. Manfred Strecker

Potsdam geoscientist Prof. Dr. Manfred Strecker elected to the Academia de Ciencias of Argentina

The scientist is honored for his many years of research in South America in the fields of neotectonics and paleoecology.

Konjugierte Abschiebungen in nahezu idealer Ausrichtung zur Dehnung bilden einen kleinen Graben in miozänen Sediment-Schichten, die Erosionsprodukte aus dem Elburs-Gebirge sind.

Geoscientific database „DIoGeneS“ updated and made available by the Institute of Geosciences

„DIoGeneS“ contains photos and additional informationen on geologic structures and formations – of small to large scales – from around the world.

Darstellung eines Atomclusters aus Gold, Arsen und Schwefel in arsenführendem Pyrit (Im Hintergrund ein Rasterelektronenbild eines Pyritkristall, nicht skaliert)

An arsenic-driven pump for invisible gold in hydrothermal systems

An international team of scientists with participation of mineralogist Dr. Maria Kokh from the University of Potsdam was able to elucidate the mystery of ‘invisible’ gold enriched in sulfide minerals.

Feuer im Orroral Valley, Australien

Moving Rocks – How climate warming changes mountain regions

Since 2015, geologist Sara Savi has been researching the influence of climate on debris flows in the high mountains of Argentina.

The Orroral Valley Fire, southern Canberra, January 2020

From fire to flash flood

scientists analyse consequences of devastating wildfires in Australia 2019/20

Glacial Ice holds rocks and gravel – if glaciers melt, large amount of loose gravel gets accumulated in the high mountainous valleys of the Alps

Increased Risk of landslides

Earth science researchers from Potsdam and Bozen demand for new precaution strategies for gravitational mass movements in the Alps

Dr. Katharina Mohring, Prof. Dr. Manfred Rolfes, Julia Borgold, Dr. Jan Lorenz Wilhelm.

How Secure is Safe?!

A Germany-wide project examines how to organize safety in urban neighborhoods

Peter van der Beek explains how ³HE and ⁴HE are separated and measured independently.

Looking at smallest atoms to understand large-scale Mountain ranges

A welcome to Peter van der Beek at the Institute of Geosciences

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Geoethics - Integrity and Ethics in Science in Higher Education

Geoethics - Integrity and Ethics in Science in Higher Education - A keynote lecture by John Geissmann, Professor of Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas - recorded on Monday, January 4,

Hot summers are no longer an exception in Potsdam.

Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave

How cities can better cope with climate change

Humboldt Fellow Gautier Nicoli (3.v.l.) does his research at the Skaergaard Intrusion, Greenland

Seen from the root of mountains

Humboldt Fellow Gautier Nicoli links plate tectonics and the carbon cycle

Kenia 2018

Geoscientific research of highest international standards

EGU honours two faculty members of the Institute of Geosciences

Humboldt Fellow Gautier Nicoli (3.v.l.) does his research at the Skaergaard Intrusion, Greenland

Seen from the root of mountains

Humboldt Fellow Gautier Nicoli links plate tectonics and the carbon cycle

The Olorgesailie Basin in the Kenya Rift Valley, part of the Eastern Branch of the East African Rift System. In the background the high topography of the Rift’s border faults.


Why a whole region is rotating in the middle of Africa

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagener

Environmental researcher Thorsten Wagener joins University of Potsdam with Humboldt Professorship

Environmental scientist Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wagener has been awarded a Humboldt Professorship and will be joining the University of Potsdam to carry out research and teach.

Professor Oswald

Counting Neutrons for Environmental Research

Researchers measure soil moisture with the help of particles from space

Working with the ice core drill

Into the Eternal Ice

Ricarda Winkelmann is a climate researcher and junior professor at the University of Potsdam and the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research

Daniel Vollmer, instaling a multi-sensor observatory in Iceland.

Fire and Ice – why Eva Eibl does research in Iceland in the mid of winter

People from all over the world travel through Iceland to see glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers - but the true highlights are hidden from the eye.

Jonathan Weiss while monitoring GPS-Ground Motion sensors in the Andean Highlands. Photo: J. Weiss.

From GPS to geodynamics - how surface measurements help understand earthquakes and Earth structure

While there are some well-established theories of orogenesis, many aspects of how, when and why mountain ranges are created remain a mystery.