The traveller

Axel Werner

Open-minded, adventurous and willing to deal with strangers and the unfamiliar – this is how you could describe Axel Werner.

He set out to travel the world for the Klimahaus: he danced with children in Cameroon, crossed the Sahara with the Tuaregs and hunted with the Yupik in Alaska. Follow Axel’s trail and accompany him on his journey around the world along longitude 8° 34’ E.

Alex marks the position of longitude 8° 34’ E with the villagers of Ikenge.

Experience a trip yourself with a gondola between Switzerland and Sardinia right here in the Klimahaus.

Journey around the world

The adventure begins

The journey around the world, beginning and ending in Bremerhaven, follows longitude 8° 34’ E. Become a globetrotter by travelling across an area of 5,000 m2: trek through diverse climate zones and encounter people whose daily lives are profoundly affected by the surrounding climate. Feel the differences in temperature and humidity at each travel station and gain insights into the different climates of our planet.

At the giant aquarium in Samoa you can learn about the colourful diversity of the corals, fish and other inhabitants of a South Pacific fringing reef. Interactive exhibits help you understand the complex interrelationships that exist between Earth’s climate events.

At the first stop of your journey of discovery you will experience the alpine climate of Isenthal, in the canton of Uri. Wander through the lush green meadows, past the cows, then head up the mountain along jagged rock formations to the cross on the summit.

On your way through the mountain landscape discover why people take their livestock from the village all the way up the mountain and back again during different seasons, as well as the causes and effects of the melting glaciers on the entire region.

From the very first moment, Sardinia provides unique insights into climate events and weather patterns. Take an insect’s perspective and delve into the microcosm: giant blades of grass tower above you; a large butterfly swirls through the air above your head; and a disproportionately large beverage can shines through the grass forest just around the next bend.

The Mediterranean island with its five different climate regions is the place inside the Klimahaus where European weather patterns can be closely observed. Using interactive terminals, you can change the weather situation for the entire continent and thereby cause heat waves, downpours and monsoonal winds in the adjoining themed rooms.

Drought, expansiveness, aridity, heat, sand and wind – all are part of daily life in the Sahel zone. You set out on the desert sands and discover that the northern Sahara was once a green region that developed into a desert over the course of time. You then encounter the stony desert: so lifelike you would think that each stone was relocated from Niger itself to the Klimahaus. Learn more about living with water shortages and the everyday lives of the Tuareg, who call this life-threatening climate home.

Water. Water everywhere: it drips from the leaves in the night-time rainforest; it clatters on the tin roofs in the village; torrents flow through the river landscape. The village of Ikenge in Cameroon not only has an abundance of water, but also a hot and humid climate, making it a paradise for animals and plants. With their almost limitless diversity, rainforests are the treasure troves of our planet.

Enter the rainforest at night and work your way through dense foliage, accompanied by the sounds of the rainforest’s nocturnal inhabitants. The trip proceeds through the village with separate women’s and men’s huts, and on to the river landscape of the Korup National Park. Here you can test your balancing skills on the suspension bridge.

Cold, ice, snow and a frigid wind to top it off. But don’t worry: it’s just a quick walk through the ice. In our polar station you can quickly warm up again and learn about the work of Antarctic researchers. Those who want to experience more of the polar grandeur can pull on an authentic polar suit and wander back onto the ice suitably equipped.

With average temperatures well below zero, you set foot on the endless ice of the sixth continent with its white landscape of ice shelves – vertical cliffs with a face of ice and snow – and plateaus. You can hear Axel Werner shivering in his tent: temperatures of -70°C are not uncommon in the Antarctic.

With its lush greenery and warm, humid climate, Samoa seems to be paradise. The way through high gorges leads past a fale (a typical Samoan house), a Samoan church and along an idyllic beach to an old shipwreck.

Proceed below the surface of the water into a unique underwater world, captured in a series of large aquaria that parade the diverse lives of fish and coral on a South Pacific fringing reef. This fascinating world is under threat by climate change.

Gambell is a small town on the remote island of St Lawrence. An island perched between two worlds – Siberia and the American continent, as well as between tradition and modernity. Numerous species use the island to congregate and rest. The indigenous inhabitants of the island, the Yupik, have lived off seal hunting and whaling for thousands of years.

In the Bering Strait, at the edge of the Arctic, you will encounter a culture caught in a balancing act between a hunter-gatherer and a modern consumer society. The effects of climate change are especially acute here and sharply pose the question of how much longer the Yupik can maintain their traditional way of life.

Prone to tidal flooding, the Halligen islands are surrounded by the turbulent North Sea, the screams of seagulls and the smell of the sea. The flooding tides and the rising sea levels – the pier is already flooded. Only in the middle of this Hallig island do your feet remain dry.

After a while though, the water flows back out again. The tides have moved like this for thousands of years. However, the sea level rises every year. Terps (man-made mounds) provide protection from high water. In one of the themed rooms, you can build your own terp together with other visitors and test it to see if the houses can endure the flooding.

Heat, drought, cold, flooding – all these phenomena, which you have now experienced on your journey around the world, are present along our latitude. Hear from some of the residents of Bremerhaven, who also have something to say about weather extremes despite living in a temperate climate zone. View regional photos that document these phenomena.

Have a look at the picture wall, which displays more than 1,600 artworks by school students in Bremerhaven. Your journey now ends where it began – in Axel’s living room. Here you can cast your eye back upon your journey along the eighth longitude and revisit all the memories that Axel brought back from his trip.

Contact

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Am Längengrad 8

27568 Bremerhaven

 

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