The Dallmann laboratory - Different Nations under the same Roof
Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands
Position: 62°14'S, 58°40'W
In January 1994, AWI and the Instituto Antártico Argentino (IAA) jointly opened the Dallmann Laboratory at Argentina's Carlini Station (former Jubany Station) on King George Island. The laboratory is named after Eduard Dallmann, a polar explorer from Bremen. The laboratory is the first research facility in the Antarctic for which an international agreement was concluded for collaboration between scientists from Argentina, The Netherlands and Germany.
The Dallmann Laboratory offers living and working space for twelve scientists, and is equipped with four laboratories, workshops, storage space, an aquarium container, diving equipment and some igloo huts. Although the Jubany Station is staffed throughout the year, the Dallmann Laboratory is only open during the summer months, i.e. from October to March.
Supported by the logistics available at the Argentinean station, the laboratory offers biologists and earth scientists the facilities they need to work in ice-free areas and shallow waters close to the coast. This is possible only in the few Antarctic areas where the coastline is not covered by thick shelf ice. Research divers investigate the composition and stability of algal and faunal communities. Research findings on feeding relations and the physiology of species enable scientists to advance our knowledge about the development of polar communities under the impact of global environmental changes.
Partners from Argentina, The Netherlands and Germany are jointly involved in most of the projects. However, the laboratory is also open to researchers from other countries.