Archive of Weekly Reports from RV Polarstern




PS120 - Weekly Report No. 4 | 23 - 27 June 2019

The Scent of the Ocean

[01. July 2019] 

Over the past few days, one could smell a scent of ocean, again. It is also interesting that as one get closer to the European shelf on board a ship, one notices that the water is no longer has the hue of the deep ocean blue or the shimmering turquoise of tropical waters. The waters are less clear and they have the same gleam as dark green glass.


PS120 - Weekly Report No. 3 | 17 - 23 June 2019

Working in the Ocean

[24. June 2019] 

It is Sunday today on the POLARSTERN. I was delighted with the crispy croissant and apricot jam, which I consumed for breakfast with a delicious cup of creamy coffee, this morning. Our research doesn´t stop on Sundays. Ship time for ocean research is too precious.


PS120 - Weekly Report No. 2 | 10 - 16 June 2019

Polarstern, 07°0´N, 23°48´W

[18. June 2019] 

On Friday the 14.06 we arrived at the equator. We stayed put there for a while to measure the different  over depth.  If one stood on the portside of the ship one was in the southern Hemisphere and standing on the starboard side, one was in the northern Hemisphere. The meteorologists could wander between both, outside their office.


PS120 - Weekly Report No. 1 | 2 - 9 June 2019

Polarstern in Port Stanley

[12. June 2019] 

The PS120 Transit on RV „Polarstern“between Port Stanley and Bremerhaven is a research- and training expedition. Twenty-three young scholars, who were chosen from 800 applicants, are taking part in the SoNoAT 2019 „Changing Oceans Changing Future“ programme. This is set upon RV „Polarstern“ as a collaboration of POGO (Partnership for Observations in the Global Oceans),  NIPPON FOUNDATION and AtlantOS.


PS119 - Weekly Report No. 8 | 27 - 31 May 2019

The last week at sea

[03. June 2019] 

After our storm on last Friday, the sea only calmed down very slowly and station work was only possible with two CTD stations in the late night towards Saturday. The deployments were made about 60 km to the West of the spreading centre on its flank. There, the seafloor is parted by North-South orientated, parallel faults covered by young sediment, and we discovered both in the sediments as well as in the water column indications for fluid circulation in the Parasound recordings.


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