For legal purposes, the provider of this website is the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).
This legal notice also applies to the AWI’s presence on other online platforms, e.g.:

Postal Address

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

Tel.: +49 (0)471 4831-0
Fax: +49 (0)471 4831-1149
E-Mail: info(at)

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The Alfred Wegener Institute is a foundation under public law. In addition, the AWI is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

Legal Representatives

The Alfred Wegener Institute is legally represented by:
Prof Antje Boetius (director)
Dr Karsten Wurr (administrative director)

Value-added Tax

VAT-ID according to § 27a Umsatzsteuergesetz: DE 114707273

Editorial Responsibility

Responsible for journalistic/editorial content in keeping with § 55 II of the German Interstate Broadcasting Agreement (RStV):
Dr Klaus Grosfeld (managing director of the Helmholtz Climate Initiative REKLIM)


The content presented on all AWI websites is protected by copyright. None of the graphics, photographs or other illustrations may be used, reproduced or distributed without the prior consent of the Alfred Wegener Institute. Moreover, changing the corresponding metadata (IPTC data incl. information on the copyright holder, source, copyright sign/statement, and terms of use) is prohibited for all graphics, photographs and other illustrations.

Usage Rights

The Alfred Wegener Institute permits the following types of private use with regard to the graphics, photographs and other illustrations on its websites:

  • Copying images to your private computer
  • Printing the images for private (non-commercial) archiving or decorative purposes
  • Sharing the images with friends and/or family, provided the images’ origin is duly cited, the copyright sign/statement is included, and the receiving party is informed that the images are only provided for their private use

Generally speaking, the Alfred Wegener Institute does not permit the use of the graphics, photographs and other illustrations on its websites for any of the following purposes:

  • Advertising, designing advertisements, commercials, etc.
  • Selling products in which the images are the focus (t-shirts, coffee mugs, posters, etc.)
  • Selling digital copies of the image data

Liability Disclaimer

The Alfred Wegener Institute assumes no responsibility for the correctness or completeness of any information presented on its websites, for said information being up to date, or in connection with errors of omission, editorial or technical errors, except in the event that wilful intent or gross negligence can be proven on the part of the author.