The collaborative project RAiN starts in its second funding phase. The BMBF granted the continuation of investigations on the climate dynamic in southern Africa. The focus during the next two years will be on the east coast of South Africa. In February 2016, new sediment archives could be recovered already during expedition M123.
Reconstruction of the ocean’s surface temperatures is an important component of paleoclimatology. Researchers from MARUM and Harvard University are now investigating previously overlooked biological aspects of the TEX86 temperature proxy. Their results have now been published in PNAS.
The marine and polar researcher Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius will be awarded by the Geochemical Society with a new award named the „Endowed Biogeochemical Lecture“ at the Goldschmidt Conference in Japan. Also, the geomicrobiologist has recently been elected into the European Academy of Sciences.
The members of the IODP Science Evaluation Panel (SEP) met in Bremen to discuss proposals for scientific drilling operations within the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). SEP primarily evaluates proposals to use the drilling platforms but can also advise on other scientific topics.