Archive of Weekly Reports from RV Polarstern

PS101 – Weekly Report No. 5 | 16. October - 23. October 2016

Homebound through the ice.

[24. October 2016] 

During the sixth week of expedition PS101 we are making our way home through the ice. A FRAM “superbuoy” station needs to be rescued before we leave the ice.

PS101 - Weekly Report No. 5 | 09. October - 16. October 2016

Discovering the ice-covered Arctic deep-sea: Of robots, minerals and microbes

[19. October 2016] 

The fifth week of expedition PS101 has made significant progress in the study of hot vents and seamounts under the ice-covered seas. The under ice robot NUI samples the seafloor.

PS101 – Weekly Report No. 4 | 2 October - 9 October 2016

New tools and concepts to observe the changing Arctic Ocean

Fig. 1: Newly grown sea ice (greyish areas) forming between old floes, which survived the previous summer melt.
[11. October 2016] 

Expedition PS101 tests, deploys and recovers several new types of instrumentation for the observation of ice, ocean and seafloor processes in the Central Arctic. A main aim is to observe and analyse the changes in the sea ice cover, and its causes and consequences for ocean and life.

PS101 - Weekly Report No. 3 | 26 September - 2 October 2016

Hot and Cold at Gakkel Ridge of the Central Arctic Basin

[04. October 2016] 

The third week of expedition PS101 was dedicated to the study of hydrothermal venting under the ice. The Arctic fall season has begun.

PS101 - Weekly Report No. 2 | 18 - 25 September 2016

Under Ice Life at Karasik Seamount

[26. September 2016] 

The second week of Expedition PS101 was dedicated to the discovery of the deep-sea ecosystem at Karasik Seamount. This giant seamount rises over 4000m above the Arctic basin and is teaming with life.