Center of german antarctic research: Neumayer Station III
At February 20th, 2009, the new German research base Neumayer Station III was inaugurated. The station thereby started its scientific program on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
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- The webcams at Neumayer Station III are back online again …
- Information for the press
- January 15th, Press release: Outer shell of the Neuymayer Station III completely assembled
- The second construction season started: See the logbook...
With the construction of Neumayer Station III, the conditions necessary to meet scientific and logistical demands associated with long-term research operations in the Antarctic will be met. The new station, built to modern standards and with state-of-the-art technology, will enable the continuation of long-term measurements by the scientific observatories for meteorology, geophysics and atmospheric chemistry, as well as the establishment of new research projects.
The old Neumayer Station on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf was completed in 1992. Just as the first Georg von Neumayer Station from 1981, it is a permanently occupied research station, run by nine over-wintering staff.
Up until now, stations were constructed using a previously common, so-called ‘tube’- design, also employed by other nations. The station facilities are located within adequately sized steel tubes which, over time, are being deformed by shelf ice movement and continual accumulation of snow. After 15 years of operation, the old Neumayer Station has already sunk twelve meters deep into the ice and will have to be abandoned within a few years.
Architecture of a modern research station
The design engineering of Neumayer Station III, an integration of research, operational and accommodation facilities in one building, situated on a platform above the snow surface, and connected to a garage in the snow, is a patent of the Alfred Wegener Institut.