AWI

Germany
Germany
SEARCH FILTERS
Time filter
Source Type

Short film by 19-year-old filmmaker is the 35th short film to enter Art With Impact's mental health film collection Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Sharon Nyarko for the film "Beyond Words," which is the May 2017 winner and 35th addition to AWI's OLIVE Film Collection. The film addresses depression and how often it is trivialized and downplayed, revealing the power that words have over actions people take and the impact of stigma on reaching out for support. Sharon Nyarko is a 19-year-old independent digital storyteller and second-year undergraduate Neuroscience specialist at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include brain function, biological basis of mental illness, and the development of more effective support schemes for people with mental health disorders. "Beyond Words" is Sharon's first publicized project as Director and Producer, born out of a passion to challenge the status quo of socio-cultural misconceptions about the scope, causes and effects of mental illness, and to generate relevant discussions and solutions. Sharon created the film to clear up misconceptions around depression that it is simply a transient emotion, stating that it is "beyond gender, culture, religion." Although she has made other films before, this is her first film about mental illness. We look forward to seeing more of the amazing work Sharon will create! Are you a filmmaker or mental health advocate with a passion for storytelling? Our film competition deadlines run monthly, and upcoming opportunities to submit are May 31, June 30 and July 31. All winning films receive a $1,000 cash prize. Learn more here.


News Article | April 28, 2017
Site: www.foodprocessing-technology.com

Ajinomoto Windsor to build new frozen appetisers plant in US Ajinomoto Windsor (AWI) has announced plans to invest $39m in the construction of a new plant in Joplin, near the Carthage Plant in Missouri, US, to increase production capacity for frozen appetisers. Construction has already started on the facility, which will have an annual production capacity of 25,000t. Production is scheduled to start in November. The company intends to use the investment to strengthen its frozen appetisers production system and enhance its frozen foods business in North America. Ajinomoto will introduce new development and production technologies in the frozen appetiser category, as well as provide sufficient space for new plants at the AWI site to cater to future demands. In addition to the new plant, AWI has closed an agreement to transfer ownership of its existing Piedmont facility next to Today’s Food, a manufacturer of frozen and refrigerated food products. AWI noted that the food service sector plays an important role and accounts for approximately 30% of its sales, while frozen appetisers category consitutes roughly 30% of its sales. Ajinomoto will introduce new development and production technologies in the frozen appetiser category, as well as provide sufficient space for new plants at the AWI site to cater to future demands. According to the company, the market for frozen appetisers for food service has increased by 5% over the last two years. During that period, AWI’s frozen appetiser sales have increased approximately 6% a year. The two other production facilities of the company are already close to reaching their maximum production capacity.


Short film 'Limitless' is the 34th short film to enter Art With Impact's mental health film collection Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Rory McLeod for the film 'Limitless’ which is the April 2017 addition to AWI's OLIVE Film Collection. The film follows Zoe, a young woman who debates whether or not to attend her friend's party. We see the impact of her anxiety around social situations as she fears being perceived negatively, with the film providing insight into this internal dialogue in a relatable and impactful way. Filmmaker Rory McLeod grew up around wildlife in the desert of central Australia where he developed a passion for the environment and social justice. Originally hoping to be the next legendary David Attenborough and film wildlife, his passion for photography eventually evolved into creating a number of short films and in 2015 he started film school in Victoria. Says Rory: ‘I believe that most people experience some level of anxiety at any given time. One of the most common examples I can think of is when you’re with a group of people and you feel like everyone is watching your every movement. For some people it becomes crippling and so it becomes a situation to be avoided Art With Impact’s monthly film competition awards one winning filmmaker a $1,000 cash prize for a film — up to five minutes in length and of any genre — that uses mental health as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly. Winning films are added to AWI’s diverse OLIVE Film Collection, which is used in educational outreach programs. Read all submission guidelines here and submit your own film!


In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month 2017, the #myMHmatters movement encourages people to cultivate wellness through the arts. Art With Impact (AWI) promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media.  Committed to a future where artists are revered as cultural icons of courage and change, enabling young people to communicate freely and fearlessly about their mental health, AWI creates spaces - online and in person - where individuals can communicate about mental health without the barriers created by stigma. For Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Week which kick off today, May 1, Art With Impact is promoting wellness through an innovative #myMHmatters campaign. Every week day during the month of May Art With Impact will post a film from their groundbreaking OLIVE Film Collection along with an interview of a filmmaker, advocate or organization change-making in the field of the film theme for that day. There will also be questions to reflect on how the film and daily theme can relate to your own life, and provide a list of mental health resources and organizations to connect with. Because AWI is committed to creating a world where nobody feels isolated, ashamed, or hopeless when they experience mental illness, this is a great way to engage in mental wellness by learning new practices and gaining new knowledge. The campaign provides a fun to maintain wellness while reducing stigma, engaging in meaningful art, and learning about individuals and organizations doing great work. To engage with the campaign: watch the film of the day, engage with the questions, and AWI your thoughts in the blog comments, via Facebook comment, by tagging us or retweeting on Twitter, or commenting and tagging Instagram with the hashtag #MyMHMatters!


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

ST. JOHN'S, NL and ROSTOCK, GERMANY--(Marketwired - May 17, 2017) - Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) is pleased to announce that it has acquired a minority interest in ENITECH Subsea GmbH of Rostock, Germany; and that the company has been renamed Kraken Power GmbH. Under the agreement, Kraken has taken a 19.9% equity interest and provided a EUR110,000 convertible loan. The loan pays interest at 5% per annum and has a term of three years. Through the conversion of the loan to equity and a further investment capped at EUR200,000, Kraken can choose to increase its ownership stake to 75% of the common shares of Kraken Power GmbH. Kraken Power GmbH, led by Dr. Carl Thiede, has been working on pressure tolerant technology and products for the subsea market for the past 10 years. They are internationally recognized for their specialized deep-sea components for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Pressure tolerant components are electronic components or assemblies that can operate satisfactorily under high pressure (hyperbaric or hydrostatic, such as oil baths), without the need of a high-pressure enclosure. These components include pressure tolerant thrusters, drives, batteries, battery management systems and electronics. The company's unique pressure tolerant moulding technology enables 6,000 meter rated encapsulation in silicone instead of oil compensated or titanium pressure housings. The technology results in packaging solutions that are less expensive, more compact, lighter and less prone to underwater corrosion and bio-fouling. Kraken Sonar CEO Comments "This strategic investment represents a low risk, but significant ROI opportunity," said Karl Kenny, Kraken's President and CEO. "Kraken Power's technology and products enable a significant reduction in bill of material costs for our ThunderFish™ AUV. In addition, Kraken Power will continue to sell its products to the subsea industry. We plan to leverage Kraken Power's pressure tolerant moulding technology into next generation products targeted to deep-sea oil and gas, ocean energy/renewables and ocean science markets." Kraken's investment triggered the release of additional funding in Germany that will provide Kraken Power with working capital for operations, hiring of additional personnel and funds for the purchase of inventory and capital assets. This is yet another example of how Kraken has used partnerships, small investments, acquisitions and licensing to build a world-class team with innovative technologies for the underwater robotics industry. Karl Kenny continued, "Kraken Power represents our 3rd significant German technology partnership in 2017. With the establishment of Kraken Robotik GmbH and a strategic partnering and licensing agreement with Fraunhofer, Kraken Power represents key additional component capabilities. As we execute our Sensors to Systems strategy, Kraken now has key sensor, software and component technologies in place to be a vertically integrated supplier of high performance, differentiated AUVs and other underwater vehicles." Kraken Power Management Comment "For us, this partnership is a great opportunity," said Dr. Carl Thiede. "As a leading manufacturer of rim driven thrusters, underwater propulsion and energy supply systems based on pressure tolerant moulding technology, we are looking forward to a new chapter of the company's development." About ENITECH Subsea GmbH (now renamed Kraken Power GmbH) Based in Rostock, Germany, ENITECH Subsea GmbH (or "ENISEA"), was founded in the summer of 2016 to acquire the marine technology assets of the insolvent ENITECH Energietechnik-Elektronik GmbH ("ENITECH"). The original ENITECH had been in business since 2001 supplying industrial control cabinets, industrial automation equipment and marine technology. The marine business grew out of the PhD work of Dr. Carl Thiede and had seen more than EUR3 million of R&D invested in this business. For the marine market, ENITECH's drives, propulsion and power supply systems have been developed and sold to research institutes, defence contractors and oil and gas commercial customers. Customers have included Atlas Elektronik (SeaOtter MKII AUV), DeBeers Marine (Atlas Maridan AUV M600), Fraunhofer IOSB, DFKI/GTR (Flatfish AUV), Bosch Rexroth, Marum, Geomar, AWI, IOW and many others. ABOUT KRAKEN SONAR INC. Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) is a marine technology company, founded in 2012, that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. For more information, please visit www.krakensonar.com, www.krakenrobotik.de, www.krakenpower.de. Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "seek", "propose", "estimate", "expect", and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, business objectives, expected growth, results of operations, performance, business projects and opportunities and financial results. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in the Company's public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this news release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this news release and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this news release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services Provide (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


On Monday, shares in San Diego, California headquartered AMN Healthcare Services Inc. recorded a trading volume of 612,729 shares, which was above their three months average volume of 604,630 shares. The stock ended at $36.85, declining 2.12% from the last trading session. The Company's shares are trading below their 200-day moving average by 0.10%. Furthermore, shares of AMN Healthcare Services, which provides healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services in the US, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 32.19. Free research report on AMN is available at: Lancaster, Pennsylvania headquartered Armstrong World Industries Inc.'s stock finished yesterday's session 1.05% higher at $43.20 with a total trading volume of 344,448 shares. The Company's shares have gained 5.24% over the previous three months and 3.35% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 200-day moving average by 1.46%. Furthermore, shares of Armstrong World Industries, which designs, manufactures, and sells ceiling systems for use primarily in the construction and renovation of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings worldwide, have an RSI of 35.09. The complimentary research report on AWI can be downloaded at: At the close of trading on Monday, shares in Raleigh, North Carolina headquartered Martin Marietta Materials Inc. rose 1.48%, ending the day at $231.77. The stock recorded a trading volume of 440,600 shares. The Company's shares have advanced 5.88% in the last one month, 5.36% in the previous three months, and 4.62% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 5.22% and 10.58% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Moreover, shares of Martin Marietta Materials, which together with its subsidiaries, supplies aggregates products and heavy building materials for the construction industry in the US and internationally, have an RSI of 55.44. Visit us today and access our complete research report on MLM at: Charlotte, North Carolina-based JELD-WEN Holding Inc.'s shares ended the day 1.18% lower at $30.86 with a total trading volume of 140,243 shares. The stock has gained 3.45% over the previous three months and 18.15% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading 1.29% below their 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of JELD-WEN, which manufactures doors and windows primarily in North America, Europe, and Australia, have an RSI of 37.88. On May 10th, 2017, research firm RBC Capital Markets reiterated its 'Outperform' rating on the Company's stock with an increase of the target price from $35 a share to $37 a share. Get free access to your research report on JELD at: Stock Callers (SC) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. SC has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles and reports covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and the other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. SC has not been compensated; directly or indirectly; for producing or publishing this document. The non-sponsored content contained herein has been prepared by a writer (the "Author") and is fact checked and reviewed by a third party research service company (the "Reviewer") represented by a credentialed financial analyst [for further information on analyst credentials, please email info@stock-callers.com. Rohit Tuli, a CFA® charterholder (the "Sponsor"), provides necessary guidance in preparing the document templates. The Reviewer has reviewed and revised the content, as necessary, based on publicly available information which is believed to be reliable. Content is researched, written and reviewed on a reasonable-effort basis. The Reviewer has not performed any independent investigations or forensic audits to validate the information herein. The Reviewer has only independently reviewed the information provided by the Author according to the procedures outlined by SC. SC is not entitled to veto or interfere in the application of such procedures by the third-party research service company to the articles, documents or reports, as the case may be. Unless otherwise noted, any content outside of this document has no association with the Author or the Reviewer in any way. SC, the Author, and the Reviewer are not responsible for any error which may be occasioned at the time of printing of this document or any error, mistake or shortcoming. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from the use of this document. SC, the Author, and the Reviewer expressly disclaim any fiduciary responsibility or liability for any consequences, financial or otherwise arising from any reliance placed on the information in this document. Additionally, SC, the Author, and the Reviewer do not (1) guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness or correct sequencing of the information, or (2) warrant any results from use of the information. The included information is subject to change without notice. This document is not intended as an offering, recommendation, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned or discussed, and is to be used for informational purposes only. Please read all associated disclosures and disclaimers in full before investing. Neither SC nor any party affiliated with us is a registered investment adviser or broker-dealer with any agency or in any jurisdiction whatsoever. To download our report(s), read our disclosures, or for more information, visit CONTACT For any questions, inquiries, or comments reach out to us directly. If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer feature on our coverage list contact us via email and/or phone between 09:30 EDT to 16:00 EDT from Monday to Friday at: Email: info@stock-callers.com Phone number: +44-330-808-3765 Office Address: Clyde Offices, Second Floor, 48 West George Street, Glasgow, U.K. -G2 1BP CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


Northern Nevada Cabinet Maker Finds New Ways to Compete with Glue-less Assembly Solution, Lockdowel Eclipse Fastening. Mound House, NV, May 24, 2017 --( “With Lockdowel one production worker can produce cabinet boxes on our Laguna LD-4 CNC machine, flat pack them and ship them, while our other employees sell, design and serve new customers,” ProCabinet Solutions Owner and President, Rob Amster says. “Assembly is simple, yet super sturdy at the build site, and the job is completed in a third of the time. Our customers truly benefit!” “We can compete with bigger shops and even the Chinese because Lockdowel not only eliminates the time-sucking step of gluing, its automation allows us to produce three times as much product without needing more employees,” Amster says. Adaptation and versatility is the “it factor” that has enabled Pro Cabinet Solutions to thrive for more than 20 years. Amster, with a former partner, bought his father’s cabinet shop in the 90’s when it was carrying a $200,000.00 operating deficit. Within two years they had it making a profit by finding new market niches. “In the 80’s my dad’s company was mainly supplying cabinets for retail Christian bookstores across the nation,” Amster explains. “Their cabinetry creations provided bookstores with attractive 'knock down' displays that gave large retail areas a warmer, homier feel and enhanced the buying experience. With bookstores declining, we had to find new ways to add value to businesses.” Amster and team quickly became masters of adaptation, production management and staying ahead of the latest trends. “We expanded our business to include cafés and coffee shops with our cabinetry becoming part of the high-end décor and clean style designers wanted. We learned how to bring designers’ ideas and visions to reality,” Amster adds. Pro Cabinet Solutions diversified into the commercial market, making cabinetry for dentists’ offices, hospitals and educational institutes. Like the company’s value proposition to bookstores, these businesses appreciated their design with purpose—facilitating organization, hidden storage, enhanced style, or all of these. Today, Pro Cabinet Solutions has entered the home building arena by giving builders a unique edge in offering custom, exquisite cabinets for retreat getaways in the Nevada and Northern California area. “Our cabinetry for these mansions runs $150,000 to $300,000,” Amster explains. “That is just the cabinets. These creations have to be one of the primary drivers in the home’s value to justify the cost—and they are!” Choosing to fasten cabinets with the Lockdowel glue-less, inter-locking assembly system is the way Pro Cabinet Solutions is leading the industry in versatility and production. “Lockdowel is pivotal in changing the way cabinets are built for the better,” Amster says. “When the entire production step of gluing is eliminated with improved functionality and efficiency, this is a true breakthrough. The Pro Cabinet Solutions team will use the Lockdowel assembly method to leapfrog our business to even higher levels of success. With Lockdowel our next venture, is our soon to be available on-line catalog. We think that shops in our area will appreciate our speed of manufacturing and on site assembly our on-line ordering will allow.” About ProCabinets ProCabinets (Professional Cabinet Solutions) brings your ideas and designs to life through quality artisanship and custom craftsmanship. We pay close attention to the details and exceed the WI (Woodwork Institute) and AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) industry standards. The building of a professional grade cabinet involves the utilizing of the best grades of raw materials, coupled with the highest quality hardware and accessories in fabrication efforts. Three dimensional cabinet modeling software is employed to ensure quality of design. This allows for the design to be precisely engineered and then passed straight through to an automated manufacturing system. We have been producing professional grade Cabinetry & Millwork to the marketplace for well over 25 years. For more information visit: www.procabsolutions.com or call 775.246.7200. About Lockdowel Lockdowel provides fasteners, drawer slides and hinges for fast and easy installation of cabinets, furniture and architectural millwork. Patent pending. Lockdowel 48834 Kato Road #110A Fremont, CA 94538; (65) 325-8732 www.lockdowel.com Come to the Lockdowel booth number 9256 at AWFS to see the fastest, glue-less, tool-less, RTA assembly solutions today! Mound House, NV, May 24, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Glue-less, tool-less Lockdowel Assembly enables Pro Cabinet Solutions to run leaner while increasing profits. The snap-together assembly system allows the northern Nevada cabinet maker to turn around jobs quicker with fewer employees.“With Lockdowel one production worker can produce cabinet boxes on our Laguna LD-4 CNC machine, flat pack them and ship them, while our other employees sell, design and serve new customers,” ProCabinet Solutions Owner and President, Rob Amster says. “Assembly is simple, yet super sturdy at the build site, and the job is completed in a third of the time. Our customers truly benefit!”“We can compete with bigger shops and even the Chinese because Lockdowel not only eliminates the time-sucking step of gluing, its automation allows us to produce three times as much product without needing more employees,” Amster says.Adaptation and versatility is the “it factor” that has enabled Pro Cabinet Solutions to thrive for more than 20 years. Amster, with a former partner, bought his father’s cabinet shop in the 90’s when it was carrying a $200,000.00 operating deficit. Within two years they had it making a profit by finding new market niches.“In the 80’s my dad’s company was mainly supplying cabinets for retail Christian bookstores across the nation,” Amster explains. “Their cabinetry creations provided bookstores with attractive 'knock down' displays that gave large retail areas a warmer, homier feel and enhanced the buying experience. With bookstores declining, we had to find new ways to add value to businesses.”Amster and team quickly became masters of adaptation, production management and staying ahead of the latest trends. “We expanded our business to include cafés and coffee shops with our cabinetry becoming part of the high-end décor and clean style designers wanted. We learned how to bring designers’ ideas and visions to reality,” Amster adds.Pro Cabinet Solutions diversified into the commercial market, making cabinetry for dentists’ offices, hospitals and educational institutes. Like the company’s value proposition to bookstores, these businesses appreciated their design with purpose—facilitating organization, hidden storage, enhanced style, or all of these.Today, Pro Cabinet Solutions has entered the home building arena by giving builders a unique edge in offering custom, exquisite cabinets for retreat getaways in the Nevada and Northern California area. “Our cabinetry for these mansions runs $150,000 to $300,000,” Amster explains. “That is just the cabinets. These creations have to be one of the primary drivers in the home’s value to justify the cost—and they are!”Choosing to fasten cabinets with the Lockdowel glue-less, inter-locking assembly system is the way Pro Cabinet Solutions is leading the industry in versatility and production. “Lockdowel is pivotal in changing the way cabinets are built for the better,” Amster says. “When the entire production step of gluing is eliminated with improved functionality and efficiency, this is a true breakthrough. The Pro Cabinet Solutions team will use the Lockdowel assembly method to leapfrog our business to even higher levels of success. With Lockdowel our next venture, is our soon to be available on-line catalog. We think that shops in our area will appreciate our speed of manufacturing and on site assembly our on-line ordering will allow.”About ProCabinetsProCabinets (Professional Cabinet Solutions) brings your ideas and designs to life through quality artisanship and custom craftsmanship. We pay close attention to the details and exceed the WI (Woodwork Institute) and AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) industry standards. The building of a professional grade cabinet involves the utilizing of the best grades of raw materials, coupled with the highest quality hardware and accessories in fabrication efforts. Three dimensional cabinet modeling software is employed to ensure quality of design. This allows for the design to be precisely engineered and then passed straight through to an automated manufacturing system. We have been producing professional grade Cabinetry & Millwork to the marketplace for well over 25 years. For more information visit: www.procabsolutions.com or call 775.246.7200.About LockdowelLockdowel provides fasteners, drawer slides and hinges for fast and easy installation of cabinets, furniture and architectural millwork. Patent pending. Lockdowel 48834 Kato Road #110A Fremont, CA 94538; (65) 325-8732 www.lockdowel.com Come to the Lockdowel booth number 9256 at AWFS to see the fastest, glue-less, tool-less, RTA assembly solutions today! Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Lockdowel


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Bremerhaven/Germany, 11th May 2017. By the second half of this century, rising air temperatures above the Weddell Sea could set off a self-amplifying meltwater feedback cycle under the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, ultimately causing the second-largest ice shelf in the Antarctic to shrink dramatically. Climate researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) recently made this prediction in a new study, which can be found in the latest issue of the Journal of Climate, released today. In the study, the researchers use an ice-ocean model created in Bremerhaven to decode the oceanographic and physical processes that could lead to an irreversible inflow of warm water under the ice shelf - a development that has already been observed in the Amundsen Sea. When it comes to the fate of the great Antarctic ice shelves, the sea ice surrounding them is of central importance. For example, in the southern Weddell Sea so much sea ice forms during the autumn and winter months that the amount of salt released in the process turns the water around and below the 450,000 km2 Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf into a massive protective sheath. So far, this barrier of extremely salty water, with an average temperature of ca. minus 2 degrees Celsius, has protected the shelf from the inflow of water masses that are 0.8 degrees warm, which the Weddell Gyre transports along the edge of the continental shelf (see graphic). New simulations from climate researchers at the AWI now indicate that this cold-water barrier could be permanently lost in the course of the next few decades. The reason: rising air temperatures over the Weddell Sea, which could cause less sea ice to form. "We can already see the first signs of this trend today. First of all, less sea ice is forming in the region, and secondly, oceanographic recordings from the continental shelf break confirm that the warm water masses are already moving closer and closer to the ice shelf in pulses," says Dr Hartmut Hellmer, an oceanographer at the AWI and first author of the study. These comparatively small-scale changes may mark the beginning of a fundamental and irrevocable transformation in the southern Weddell Sea. The researchers expect the effects to become noticeable by 2070. "Our simulations show that there will be no turning back once the warm water masses find their way under the ice shelf, since their heat will accelerate the melting at its base. In turn, the resulting meltwater will produce an intensified overturning, which will suck even more warm water from the Weddell Gyre under the ice. As such, according to our calculations, the hope that the ocean would someday run out of heat won't pan out in the long run," Hellmer explains. As a result of the dramatic melting on its underside, the shelf's grounding line will shift further south and the ice will gradually lose direct contact with the seafloor. To date, frictional contact with the seafloor has helped to slow down the ice flow. Once this natural brake is gone, the draining of ice from the Antarctic Ice Sheet will quicken. "The meltwater feedback cycle under the ice shelf will only slow down once the shelf has collapsed, or no more glacial ice flows in from inland to take its place. So we're talking about processes that will continue over several centuries," says co-author and AWI model designer Dr Ralph Timmermann. The researchers' forecasts are based on the AWI's BRIOS (Bremerhaven Regional Ice-Ocean Simulations) model, a coupled ice-ocean model that the team forced with atmospheric data from the SRES-A1B climate scenario, created at Britain's Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter. The dataset includes e.g. information on the future development of winds and temperatures in the Antarctic, and is based on the assumption that the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere will reach 700 parts per million by the year 2100. "Accordingly, our model used climate data that is similar to the IPCC's (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) current business-as-usual scenario. The results clearly show that even limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius won't be enough to save the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf," says co-author and AWI researcher Dr Frank Kauker. In addition, the authors believe the predicted changes in the Weddell Sea offer a new perspective on current developments in the Amundsen Sea. As Hartmut Hellmer explains, "When it comes to the Amundsen Sea, where warm water has already reached the continental shelf and even the grounding line of some ice shelves, we can safely say that this inflow of heat cannot be stopped; the climate regime change has already taken place. In other words, the losses of mass of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will intensify - just like the models predict." To measure the forecasted inflow of warm water under the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, in the past two Antarctic summers scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute and the British Antarctic Survey drilled through the ice at seven sites to deploy oceanographic recording devices below it. Thanks to their efforts, every night fresh data on the water temperature, salinity, flow speed and flow direction is transmitted to the AWI facilities in Bremerhaven via satellite. "However, it will take a few years before we can use this latest data to reliably document the changes," says Hellmer.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

Amidst soaring concerns over the rising temperatures at unheard levels in the range of 20°C plus (36°F) at the North Pole, the Arctic area is hogging greater scientific attention with many plans floating on how to stem the erosion of sea ice. The latest contingency plan seeks to 'refreeze' the Arctic by installing 10 million wind-powered pumps that will spray sea water to the surface of the sea ice for replenishing and reinforcing thickness during winter. "Thicker ice would mean longer-lasting ice. In turn, that would mean the danger of all sea ice disappearing from the Arctic in summer would be reduced significantly," said Steven Desch who is the lead researcher and Arizona State University physicist. Calling for proactive action to restore ice than preaching restraint to stop emission, the scientist noted that by merely telling people not to burn fossil fuels will not work. "Our only strategy at present seems to be to tell people to stop burning fossil fuels," added Desch. The project has been published in Earth's Future. The cost of adding 10 million pumps has been worked out to be $500 billion. The scientists argue that the current loss of ice is twice the rate predicted a few years ago and the 2015 Paris climate agreement is inadequate in checking the region's sea ice from total vanishing by 2030. According to environmentalists, if Arctic sea ice cover is lost completely, then the consequences would be far-reaching and may affect many species — including Arctic cod and polar bears — and finish its rare habitat. The removal of ice will also take away the buffer that deflects solar radiation and hasten the melting of permafrost and push many greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Other projects to stem sea-ice loss include whitening of Arctic by spraying light-colored aerosol particles to reflect solar radiation and pumping of seawater into the atmosphere to make clouds reflect sunlight away from the surface. Despite the costly nature of these imaginative projects, the fact that they are being considered shows the level of anxiety prevailing among scientists on the Arctic's ice loss. "The situation is causing grave concern," said Professor Julienne Stroeve from the University College London. According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, the coverage of Arctic's sea ice in January at 13.38 million square km has been the lowest ever in four decades after the satellite tracking of the polar region started. Scientists are expecting the complete loss of sea ice in Arctic by 2030 if the current rate of emission persists. Meanwhile, Arctic pollution is also hogging the limelight. A team of researchers from Germany wrote in Deep Sea Research about the scale of polar pollution. In the paper, Mine K. Tekman of the Alfred Wegener Institute expressed surprise at the bulging garbage washed up in the Arctic despite its far-flung location. Their study tracked garbage growth from 2002 to 2014, especially the menace of growth in small plastic waste. The team watched litter at two stations between Greenland and Svalbard under the AWI deep-sea observatory network and noticed how receding Arctic sea has been augmenting the influx of tourism and shipping into the area. After imaging 2,500 meters of depth, the team observed that 3,485 pieces of litter per square kilometer had grown to 6,333 by 2014. The report noted the "current waste management frameworks are inadequate" in handling the problem of marine litter pollution. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Short film 'Mia's Story' is the 33rd short film to enter Art With Impact's mental health film collection Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Vicki Kisner for the film 'Mia’s Story’ which is the March 2017 addition to AWI's OLIVE Film Collection. The film follows Mia, a 16 year old who has been feeling low but is unsure as to why. After being diagnosed with anxiety and depression she begins to receive specialized help and learns how to cope with her feelings which empowers her and allows her to feel mentally well. Filmmaker Vicki Kisner is a writer and director of short films and campaign films, and is currently writing her first feature length script. She has been commissioned to make a number of social awareness and campaign films for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in London, with whom Vicki collaborated to create 'Mia's Story'. Art With Impact’s monthly film competition awards one winning filmmaker a $1,000 cash prize for a film — up to five minutes in length and of any genre — that uses mental health as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly. Winning films are added to AWI’s diverse OLIVE Film Collection, which is used in educational outreach programs. Read all submission guidelines here and submit your own film!

Loading AWI collaborators
Loading AWI collaborators