General


  Cruise MSM-64 was carried out aboard the German research vessel (RV) Maria S. Merian, a multi-purpose vessel designed for interdisciplinary research in coastal seas, on continental shelves, and in the blue ocean. The cruise focused on assessing the strength and variation of the currents in the southern subpolar North Atlantic. Another aim was to […]

MSM-64 research cruise


After hearing how it ends, it’s your right, dear reader of the ArcTrain blog, to ask how it begins. After Lera’s text (https://arctrain.de/finishing-up-a-phd-thesis/), I’m now worried that I will not give you a text with as much wisdom. But after all, I’m only in the beginning of this PhD, maybe […]

Starting up a PhD


Since many of the first ArcTrainees are coming close to the end of the 3 year PhD period, I thought this post would be pretty ’aktuell’ (since we are in Germany). It is not a truly pleasant topic, and not everybody likes to talk about it. Still, I think it […]

Finishing up a PhD thesis




Components of an Earth-System-Model
If you have any interest in climate sciences, it is very easy to stumble upon the mysterious term climate model sooner or later. However, it is sometimes quite difficult to get answers to questions like: “For what do you actually use a model?” Actually, all anybody normally asks is “So, […]

What is a model?





It seems like only yesterday that the first cohort of 12 ArcTrain students, fresh-faced and ready to go, were officially welcomed into the program in 2014 at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven. On Monday 23rd January 2017, during the Kick-Off Meeting for the second ArcTrain cohort, I was reminded of […]

ArcTrain Kick-Off Meeting – Round 2




Thought a PhD was all about sitting at you desk? Working in the lab? Think again. Part of your job, as a scientist, is to branch out into the big wide world and present your work to other people. Other scientists. Scary huh? In the beginning…yes, probably. I had very […]

The Scientific Conference