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Environment - Earth Sciences - 28.11.2023
Recalculations - How Can We Evaluate the Quality of Global Water Models?
In a study recently published in "Nature Water", the Analysis of Hydrological Systems group at the University of Potsdam, together with an international team, investigates the extent to which global water models agree with each other and with measured data. Using a new evaluation approach, the researchers can show in which climate regions the models agree and where they differ.
Physics - Environment - 17.11.2023
Microplastics in arable soil: tomography with neutrons and X-rays shows where particles are deposited
A team of researchers from the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has developed a measuring method to analyze soil samples with neutrons and X-rays and create 3D tomographies from them: This makes it possible for the first time to precisely localize microplastics in the soil.
Life Sciences - Environment - 26.09.2023
The cautious pioneers - How animals spread out and their behavior changes in the process
Invasive animal and plant species are affecting biodiversity worldwide. To better understand the specific dispersal processes during a biological invasion, researchers from the University of Potsdam and Trinity College Dublin studied an acute invasion. More than 100 years ago, red-backed voles, a Eurasian vole species, were accidentally introduced to the west coast of Ireland and have been spreading continuously ever since.
Life Sciences - Environment - 26.09.2023
Careful Pioneers - How Animals Spread and How Their Behavior Changes in the Process
Invasive animal and plant species are a challenge for biodiversity all over the world. To better understand the actual expansion processes during a biological invasion, researchers at the University of Potsdam and Trinity College Dublin investigated an ongoing invasion. Bank voles, a Eurasian vole species, were accidentally brought to the west coast of Ireland more than 100 years ago and have spread continuously since then.
Environment - 14.09.2023
Suffering ecosystems - new method for reliable estimates of vegetation resilience
On a global scale, vegetation is being impacted by climate change, as confirmed by a study of the Potsdam geoscientist Dr. Taylor Smith and his collaborator Prof. Niklas Boers from the Technical University of Munich and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The researchers propose a novel way to quantify the reliability of vegetation resilience estimates at multiple spatial scales using satellite data.
Social Sciences - 03.08.2023
Search-and-rescue operations do not seem to have an influence on the crossing attempts of migrants in the central Mediterranean Sea
The search for and rescue of boats transporting migrants across the central Mediterranean Sea does not seem to have any influence on the number of people starting the risky journey. This is the conclusion of a research team led by Potsdam social scientist Alejandra Rodríguez Sánchez, who analyzed data on attempted crossings between 2011 and 2020.
Life Sciences - 09.06.2023
A lot on the road - Wild mammals moved farther during COVID-19 lockdowns
Worldwide COVID-19 lockdowns provided a unique opportunity to study the effects of an abrupt change in human presence on wildlife. A study published in the journal "Science" has now shown that animals can respond directly to changes in human behaviour. Niels Blaum from the University of Potsdam is part of the international research team led by Marlee Tucker from Radboud University (the Netherlands).
Astronomy / Space - Physics - 23.05.2023
Explosion in the Night Sky - First Brightness Measurements of Supernova SN2023ixf
Astronomers at the University of Potsdam have succeeded in making one of the world's first brightness measurements of the supernova SN2023ixf in the constellation Ursa Major, which was discovered only on Friday evening. It is the brightest detected outburst in more than ten years in the galaxy Messier 101.
Astronomy / Space - Physics - 27.04.2023
Dark couple - Most massive touching stars ever found will eventually collide as black holes
Two massive touching stars in a neighbouring galaxy are on course to become black holes that will eventually crash together, generating waves in the fabric of space-time, according to a new study by researchers at University College London and the University of Potsdam. The study, accepted for publication in the journal "Astronomy & Astrophysics", looked at a known binary star (two stars orbiting around a mutual centre of gravity), analysing starlight obtained from a range of groundand space-based telescopes.
Environment - Earth Sciences - 15.02.2023
Dangerous Water - Outburst floods from ice-dammed glacial lakes have changed dramatically
Glaciers in high mountains can dam lakes, some of which burst out suddenly, posing a hazard to human settlements downstream. To better understand long-term changes of these floods, Dr. Georg Veh and researchers at the University of Potsdam and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have studied whether and to what extent the activity of these glacial lakes has changed in recent decades.
Health - Psychology - 02.02.2023
Sport as Medicine - New Findings on Therapy for Depression
More and more people worldwide suffer from depression. Often, the illness remains untreated. In the future, however, sports could represent another treatment option alongside medication and psychotherapy. In a comprehensive study, Dr. Andreas Heissel, research associate at the Chair of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Potsdam, together with renowned colleagues from Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden and Brazil, evaluated studies on the effectiveness of sports interventions on depressive symptoms.
Environment - 25.11.2022
Global network initiative investigating drylands
University of Potsdam researchers have contributed to a global study that assesses ecosystem services in drylands. The international team led by Fernando T. Maestre (University of Alicante) found that grazing mostly negatively affects ecosystem services in warmer drylands, while positive effects of grazing were observed in colder and more biodiverse areas.