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.

PS106/2 - Weekly Report No. 8 | 09 - 16 July 2017

Week 8: Returning to Svalbard

[17. July 2017] 

After concluding our 4th ice station at the northernmost location of this expedition, Polarstern set a south-westerly course, heading for the position of our well-known PASCAL ice floe of PS 106/1. This time, many open leads allowed a mostly gentle passage through the ice.

PS106/2 - Weekly Report No. 7 | 2 - 9 July 2017

Week 7: In the deep Arctic Ocean

[10. July 2017] 

During our northward transect, Polarstern bit its way through heavy sea ice, hard as concrete and covered with a thick layer of snow. This altogether slowed down our progress into the north significantly. During our journey in the thick ice across the deepening Arctic Ocean, wildlife became scarcer and scarcer. Patches of Melosira arctica were only spotted rarely.

PS106/2 - Weekly Report No. 6 | 26 June - 2 July 2017

Week 6: From East Svalbard towards the deep Arctic Ocean

[04. July 2017] 

The past week we started in the marginal sea ice zone east of Svalbard, and then set course north into the central Arctic Ocean.The marginal sea ice zone was mostly covered with decaying sea ice and some larger ice-free areas. On this side of Svalbard we saw a lot more wildlife than in the westerly part. A large number of birds are constantly circling around the ship looking for fish, which can be spotted on overturning ice floes during ice breaking.

PS106/2 - Weekly Report No. 5 | 21 - 26 June 2017

Week 5: From Longyearbyen around Svalbard

[27. June 2017] 

The end of PS106/1 was garnished with amazing views of the Spitsbergen coastline in the midnight sun (Fig. 1). While scientists and crew members celebrated the successful completion of the PASCAL study and its interdisciplinary physical, biological and biogeochemical partners, wales and seals occasionally approached Polarstern.



PS106/1 - Weekly Report No. 4 | 13 - 21 June 2017

Week 2 at the ice floe

[22. June 2017] 

The TROPOS aerosol container, with online and off-line instrumentation (high volume and size-resolved samplers), was installed on Polarstern on the upper deck to measure in-situ atmospheric aerosol physical-chemical properties.