Office for information and cooperation in the Arctic

The German Arctic Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research serves as an information and cooperation platform for German stakeholders invested in Arctic science, politics and industry. It enhances the visibility of Germany‘s engagement in the Arctic on a national and international level.

The German Arctic Office serves as a central point of contact for political and scientific bodies, NGO‘s and German industry; advises the Federal Government on Arctic issues through statements and briefings based on the most current state of research, and; fosters Germany‘s participation in the Arctic Council‘s scientific activities.

The German Arctic Office initiates and organizes national Arctic meetings and events in cooperation with partners from science, politics and industry, and; supports the federal government in the representation of German Arctic research and policy at international conferences.

The German Arctic Office informs German stakeholders from science, politics and industry with consitent information from the global Arctic research community, and; provides scientific organizations with background information on current policy relevant developments in the Arctic Region.

April 2021, Potsdam

Tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic has increased noticeably, especially in the last two decades. Our new Fact Sheet provides answers to the questions: how is tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic regulated, what makes the polar regions attractive as tourist destinations, what types of tourism are there in the Arctic and Antarctic and what are the impacts of polar tourism.

November 2020, Potsdam

The Arctic island group Svalbard is a climate hotspot and an important centre for international and German polar research. Not least the 100th anniversary of the Svalbard Treaty, which regulates Norwegian sovereignty and the protection and use rights over the archipelago, and the many years of research by the Alfred Wegener Institute together with the French polar research institute IPEV in Ny-Ålesund are the reason for the present fact sheet.

August 2020, Potsdam

What is the geopolitical framework of the polar regions? Which socio-economic aspects are important in the polar regions and why is the Arctic warming faster than the Antarctic? These and other questions are addressed in our new Fact Sheet that was jointly prepared with AWI´s Climate Office.

24 November 2020, Online

The Arctic Office and the Federal Foreign Office have jointly organized a virtual workshop with EU Ambassador Michael Mann, focusing on the process, aims and priorities of the new EU Arctic Strategy. The objectives of the workshop were to initiate an exchange with Michael Mann and to provide input to the EU Arctic Strategy from a German perspective.

23 November 2020, Online

The Arctic Office of the AWI and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) jointly organized a virtual seminar on 23 November 2020. The directors of the two institutes, Prof. Antje Boetius and Prof. Johan Rockström, presented keynote lectures on “Global Impacts of a Warming Arctic” and answered questions from the audience.

23 November 2020, Online

The 16th Arctic Dialogue was jointly organized by the Arctic Office and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as a virtual meeting on 23 November 2020. The focus of the meeting was on Arctic research activities of AWI and PIK which were highlighted in two presentations: Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf (PIK) presented a research update addressing global impacts of Arctic climate change. Prof. Markus Rex provided a summary of the AWI coordinated MOSAiC Expedition which recently returned to Germany after one full year in the Arctic. 

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