Hello out there! Last week, a group of school kids visited our institute and I had the honourable task of introducing them to the world of sea ice. To this end, I prepared some experiments with ice cubes. They are really low-level to understand, but still you can explain a […]

Fun with Ice, Take 1/3: The Battle between Salt and ...


You might remember Anouk telling you in her previous post that she and 12 other ArcTrain students are joining the RV Polarstern expedition PS 115.2 as part of the Floating University. Our fellow, normally eagerly writing Damien, is also part of this adventure which is why he hasn’t been writing […]

UPDATE: They are back! Full Story: Floating University – Where ...


Polar week, day 4! Today’s motto is ‘Macro-scale’. And what could be more macro-scale than a comparison between the two polar regions? So, here is our Arctic-vs. Antarctic list of #PolarNumbers: 91.5%/7.9% of the Earth’s frozen freshwater resources are stored in the Antarctic/Greenland ice sheet, amounting to 99.4% in total […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Four



Polar week, day three. Today APECS challenged us to share our micro-scale Polar Numbers. And since we are an Arctic based research training group our knowledge about Antarctica is on a micro-scale range compared to our knowledge about the Arctic so we decided to change sides today and summarize some #PolarNumbers […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Three


Welcome to part 2 of our humble quest to provide you with our #PolarNumbers! Today, I want to share some Arctic #PolarNumbers with you (and since today’s challenge is percentages, I of course hid some % in our Arctic numbers): 6*10⁶ km²: So much of the Arctic Ocean is covered by […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Two


Today is the first day of the APECS Polar Week, as you already heard of by Valentin last Friday. And since APECS challenged all of us to share our #PolarNumbers with the world out there, we of course didn’t want to miss this. A Polar Number could be any number […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take One



Hello out there! As Arctic sea ice approaches its yearly minimum, the public interest into the Arctic normally approaches its yearly maximum. This is why we want to draw your attention to this opportunity to satisfy your hopefully unsatisfiable hunger for polar knowledge: The APECS International Polar Week from September […]

Polar week coming!


One short note before you start: This article is an experiment. I describe my work using only the 1000 most commonly used words in English. You want to see more of this? Follow #SciCommChall on Twitter! You want to give it a try yourself? Use this editor: http://splasho.com/upgoer5/. By the […]

Marrying in Space


In a couple of weeks 6 German and 8 Canadian ArcTrain PhD students will join the Floating University, an educational program that will take place on a 6-week scientific cruise to the high Arctic. In preparation for this expedition some of us went to the polar bear protection training. Now […]

Polar Bear Protection Training