Weekly Reports Polarstern

The Expedition PS120 Port Stanley - Bremerhaven

The transit cruise from Port Stanley to Bremerhaven will begin on 02.06.2018 and ends on the 29.06.2019.

The cruise is primarily dedicated to the training of students and the preparation and testing of onboard equipment for the upcoming MOSAIC project. During a “floating summer school” an international group of 25 students from 23 countries will be trained in basic techniques of oceanography and remote sensing on a North-South transect from Port Stanley to Bremerhaven (South North Atlantic Training; SoNoAT). The participants will learn how to take samples, how to process them and deal with the accompanying data. The main water masses between the Atlantic and the North Sea will be characterized in terms of their hydrographic features down to a depth of approx. 500 m and more.

In preparation for the following MOSAIC expeditions sensors will be re-calibrated and configured to fit in the board systems. This should assure the functionality during the MOASIC programme, the scholar will be involved in the sensor testing. Additional to the sensors the medical equipment will be inventoried and updated during this cruise.

A further focus during the transit cruise will be physical and chemical measurements as well as detection of mircoplastics and EDNA. In addition, the students will get an introduction into the physics of the climate system, international climate negotiations and data analyses.

A three-day workshop will be held land based to prepare the scholars in application and usage of programming tools and methods.

The floating summer school is a joint project between the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar- and Marine Research, the POGO Centre of Excellence, ATLANTOS and the OCEAN TRAINING PORTAL (OTP). It is funded by the Nippon Foundation / POGO Centre of Excellence and the OTP and supported by REKLIM and PORTWIMS (Portugal Twinning for innovation and excellence in marine science and Earth observation).

Polarstern is scheduled to arrive in Bremerhaven on 29.06.2019 and thus ends the expedition PS120.

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.

PS112 - Weekly report Nr. 2 | 28.03.2018 – 06.04.2018

All around the South Shetland Islands

[09. April 2018] 

After leaving Admiralty Bay the days were dominated by stormy weather.

PS112 - Weekly report No. 1 | 18.03.2018 – 27.03.2018

Course Antarctica - departure into the polar autumn

[04. April 2018] 

The expedition PS112 started in the evening of the 18th of March from Punta Arenas, Chile, with 50 scientists and technicians from 7 nations on their way into the Southern Ocean. The destination: the South Shetland Island region around Elephant and King George Island at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.