The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is the German national research center for polar and marine research. The Institute was founded in 1980 and named after the geophysicist and polar researcher Alfred Wegener. The mandate of the AWI includes fundamental scientific research in the polar regions, national coordination of polar research projects, and logistic support of polar expeditions from other German institutes. The Institute uses the RV Polarstern to perform research at sea.
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