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.

PS99 - Weekly Report No. 1| 13 June - 19 June 2016

We are on the way – finally!

[20. June 2016] 

That’s what we’ve been heading for since weeks and months – finally it’s real! In the early evening on the 13th June 2016 we set sail for the long passage from Bremerhaven to the Arctic. We, that is 45 crew members and a total of 51 scientists, engineers, technicians and students with the common goal to conduct multidisciplinary investigations in the atmosphere, the water column and at the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean.



PS99 Summary| 13 June - 16 July 2016

The Expedition PS 99 from Bremerhaven to Tromsø

[06. June 2016] 

The RV Polarstern expedition PS99 to the Arctic will start on 13 June 2016 in Bremerhaven and lead to study areas northwest of Bear Island, south of Spitsbergen and in the central and eastern Fram Strait.

PS98 Weekly Report No. 4 | 2 - 8 May 2016

Training in Sediment Acoustics

[09. May 2016] 

On Tuesday, May 3rd, a group of 20 Masters and PhD students and 5 instructors boarded the R/V Polarstern in Las Palmas. Some of those who have already been on board from Punta Arenas for more than three weeks, took the occasion to make a short shore leave.

PS98 Weekly report No. 3 | 25 April - 1 May 2016

Crossing the equator

[03. May 2016] 

On Tuesday last week, the route of Polarstern towards its home base crossed the equator. Shortly after that we also traversed the “atmospheric equator”, the so-called Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), which is usually associated with heavy rain showers and thunderstorms.

PS98 Weekly Report No. 2 | 18 - 24 April 2016

Through the humid southern trade winds

[26. April 2016] 

We are now in the second week of our cruise back to Bremerhaven and have already nearly reached the equator. For the last few days, we have experienced tropical weather conditions with temperatures around 28°C and high humidity.