The northernmost permanent arctic research station of the AWI (AWIPEV Station - till 2005 Koldewey-Station) is located in the small village Ny Ålesund (West Spitsbergen) at the southern coast of the Kongsfjord at 79°N 9°E. The station is the main platform for the year round Artic research program of the AWI in the disciplines meteorology, glaciology, geology and marine sciences.
The AWI Centre for Scientific Diving operates a well-equipped dive base at the AWIPEV research station covering an operational range from the Kongsfjord-area up to Prins-Karls-Forlanda and the Krossfjord system on Svalbard’s west coast. This research area offers a wide range of muddy, sandy and rocky habitats with a wide variety of endemic underwater Arctic flora and fauna.
The AWIPEV dive base is operated for about 6 month per year upon request by scientific projects which need diver support on site. The dive base is always operated by an experienced AWI dive mission leader covering a broad range of experience in all fields of underwater work like biota sampling, installation and maintenance of underwater observation stations, in situ experiments as well as the production of scientific photo- and video material. For the underwater scientific projects, a wide range of diving and safety equipment is available including a photo- and video equipment, an underwater drilling device as well as various sampling devices.
The dive base is equipped with a PolarCirkel working-boat (6.6 m, 150 hp outboard engine) suitable for short and longer distance dive operations. If necessary, additional smaller boats such as Zodiacs or FunYak PVC-boats are available. Furthermore, the dive base operates a decompression chamber for emergency treatments in close cooperation with Kings Bay AS (the local infrastructure and logistic supplier) and the hospital in Longyearbyen.
Dive missions at the AWIPEV station are coordinated by the AWI dive mission leader Max Schwanitz firstname.lastname@example.org.