Weekly Reports Polarstern
The Expedition PS102 from Bremerhaven to Cape Town
The transit cruise from Bremerhaven via Las Palmas to Cape Town (South Africa) will begin on 12.11.2016 and is split into two cruise legs: Bremerhaven to Las Palmas (PS102.1, Chief Scientist K. Wiltshire) and Las Palmas to Cape Town (PS102.2, Chief Scientist K. Wiltshire). Both legs are dedicated to the training of students. During a “floating summer school” an international group of 25 students will be trained in basic techniques of oceanography and remote sensing on a North-South transect from Bremerhaven to Cape Town (North South Atlantic Training; NoSoAT). The participants will learn how to take samples, how to process them and deal with the accompanying data. The main water masses between the North Sea and Cape Town will be characterized in terms of their hydrographic features down to a depth of approx. 500 m. A further focus during the transit cruise will be physical and chemical measurements for energy and material exchange between ocean and atmosphere (OCEANET). In addition, the students will get an introduction into the physics of the climate system, international climate negotiations and the law of the sea and its impacts on marine research activities. The floating summer school is a joint project between the Alfred Wegener Institute, the POGO Centre of Excellence and the Irish Strategic Marine Alliance for Research & Training (SMART) program. It is funded by the Nippon Foundation / POGO Centre of Excellence andsupported by REKLIM.
During the transit cruise from Bremerhaven to Las Palmas hydro acoustic measuring units are tested and calibrated. Polarstern is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on 12.12.2016 and thus ends the expedition PS102.