Archive of Weekly Reports from RV Polarstern

PS113 - Weekly Report No. 2 | 14th-20th May (Whit Sunday) 2018

Whitsun Excursion with a Towed System

[23. May 2018] 

Since crossing the Tropic of Capricorn at 23° 26’ 05” South on Thursday this week travelling north we find ourselves, according to the astronomical definition, in the Tropics. The weather is what you would expect; water and air temperature lie between 26 and 27°C. Since we have also arrived in the zone of the SE Trade Winds there is a stiff and steady breeze and by day the sun shines from a sky with few clouds into deep blue ocean water.

PS113 - Weekly report No. 1 | 7 – 13 May 2018

Leaving Punta Arenas

[14. May 2018] 

On our arrival on 5th and 6th May the weather in Punta Arenas in Chile showed an unexpectedly pleasant side with scattered clouds, temperature just under 10°C and hardly any wind – unexpected, because here in the Southern Hemisphere it is now autumn and the climate at the southern extremity of Chile is harsh anyway. On 7th May the cruise participants were brought on board the Polarstern at anchor offshore by a harbour launch.

PS112 - Weekly report No. 5 | 22nd April – 2nd May 2018

Of Fin Whale aggregations, trace metals and the end of the expedition

[02. May 2018] 

We have now entered the last phase of our expedition. After spending a week surrounded by sea- and glacier ice south of the West Antarctic Peninsula we have arrived back at Elephant Island, where we will spend the remaining time of the expedition before heading back to Punta Arenas.

PS112 - Weekly report No. 4 | 15 - 21 April 2018

Krill, seals and humpack whales in the Weddell Sea

[23. April 2018] 

The last week, we spent in the waters around the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. We have been really lucky again regarding the weather and, in addition to our scientific endeavors, spent some wonderful sunny days in the ice around Joinville Island and the Peninsula.



PS112 - Weekly report No. 3 | 8 - 14 April 2018

Salps, krill, and Elephant Island

[17. April 2018] 

The past week we have spent studying the waters around Elephant Island. Although this region is known for its harsh weather conditions we have been lucky and were able to continuously carry out our scientific experiments. The mood on board is very good and all working groups have made decent progress.