Archive of Weekly Reports from RV Polarstern

PS119 Weekly Report No. 2 | 16 - 22 April 2019

South Georgia - Gate to Antarctica

[24. April 2019] 

After the departure from Punta Arenas and an 8-hourly passage through the Magellan Strait RV Polarstern started a 4-day transit bound for South Georgia. This time without station work was used by our 51 scientists from Germany, USA, Costa Rica, Austria, UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, Taiwan, France, India, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland to further set up laboratories and to intensely exchange talks on the various research aims of this expedition.

PS119 Weekly Report No 1 | 13 - 15 April 2019

Departure to our research area in the Scotia Sea

[16. April 2019] 

On Monday, 15th of April 2019, at 13:48 local time RV POLARSTERN left her mooring at position C in front of the harbour of Punta Arenas for a 3-day transit toward her first research area in the waters of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.

PS118 - Weekly Report No. 8 | 1 - 7 April 2019

End of work and journey home

[08. April 2019] 

During the past week, we finished our work in the Powell Basin, collected another glider and started our homeward journey to Punta Arenas. By now, we have reached the Strait of Magellan. Tomorrow morning, we will pick up the pilot for the passage through the Magellan Strait and into Punta Arenas where we should arrive in the afternoon.

PS118 - Weekly Report No. 7 | 25 - 31 March 2019

Western South Scotia Ridge

[02. April 2019] 

During the past week, science has focused on bathymetry, oceanography and heat flow/geology transects along the western end of the South Scotia Ridge between the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Orkney Plateau. Our work was only briefly interrupted by a gale-force storm that passed through our area.

PS118 - Weekly Report No. 6 | 18 - 24 March 2019

Powell Basin

[25. March 2019] 

Out of the heavy sea ice of the Weddell Sea, we have spent the past week in open water and loose sea ice in the Powell Basin. So far, we have conducted a short bathymetric survey, deployed a lander, completed an oceanographic transect and collected geological and biological samples.