The expedition ANT-XXIV/2
Expedition summary and itinerary
The scientific projects of the cruise are part of three major IPY projects. SCACE aims to investigate the physical and biological patterns in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current to understand the temporal and spatial variabilities that determine ocean productivity and water mass transport. SYSCO-ANDEEP aims to understand the impact of pelagic-benthic coupling on deep-sea biota in distinct regions between the STC and the Antarctic continent. LAKRIS aims to reveal the life cycle pattern, distribution and physiology of Antarctic krill in the Lazarev Sea.
In addition to the science programme, RV Polarstern will support the logistic operations of two other ships that transport material for the construction of Neumayer III. In addition Polarstern will supply Neumayer II as early as possible in the season but depending on sea-ice conditions.
28 November 2007: Departure Cape Town
30 November 2007: Start on-line registration
4 December 2007: Start station work
ca. 10 December 2007: supply Neumayer Station (dependent on sea-ice concentration)
28 January 2008: End of station work
4 February 2008: Arrival Cape Town