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Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

Polarstern Returns to Bremerhaven

The Research Vessel Polarstern was in the Arctic for the past seven weeks. There, the summertime sea-ice extent declined by ca. 40 percent over the past 40 years – making it one of the most visible impacts of climate change. In order to better grasp such changes, the research teams on board the Polarstern investigated Atlantic Water Recirculation in Fram Strait and in the marginal ice zone north of Svalbard, as well as ocean/glacier interactions off the coast of Greenland.

150 Whales Observed Feeding Together

Weddell Sea

150 Whales Observed Feeding Together

After blue whales, fin whales are the largest whales in the world – and human beings have hunted both species to near-extinction. After the ban on commercial whaling in 1976, the stocks of these long-lived, but slow-growing creatures are rebounding: in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers and filmmakers jointly present videos and photos of large groups of up to 150 southern fin whales in their historical feeding areas.

Polarstern Expedition to the Arctic Ice

Polarstern Expedition to the Arctic Ice

Das Forschungsschiff Polarstern bricht heute zu einer gut siebenwöchigen Fahrt in die Arktis auf, wo mit dem Sommer die jährliche Meereisschmelze eingesetzt hat. Die sommerliche Ausdehnung des Meereises ist in den vergangenen 40 Jahren um 40 Prozent zurückgegangen – eine der sichtbarsten Folgen des Klimawandels. Wie Wärmeflüsse und Wasserschichtung im Ozean sowie die Eiseigenschaften die Meereisschmelze kontrollieren und miteinander wechselwirken, wird das Forschungsteam in der Meereisrandzone untersuchen.



Where is polarstern?

Figures and facts
Port of registry Bremerhaven
Length 118 metres
Width 25 metres
Max. draught 11.20 metres
Max. displacement 17,277 tons
Empty weight 12,012 tons
Commissioning AWI 1982
Engine 4 x KHD RBV 8M540
Engine power 19,198 PS (four engines)
Range 19,000 nautical miles /
80 days
Max. speed 16 knots
Operation area Everywhere including pack ice zone
Crew 44
Days on sea per year on average approx. 305
Shipyard Nobiskrug, Rendsburg and Howaldswerke - Deutsche Werft Kiel AG, Germany
Scientists per day / long term sailing none / 53

 

FS Polarstern on tour