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The Expedition PS122/1A - PS122/6 - MOSAIC

Expedition PS122 - MOSAIC

Dear reader of the Polarstern weekly reports,

In this place you are used to find the Weekly Reports from the Polarstern Expeditions.

During the MOSAIC Expedition there will be no weekly reports, but you may keep yourself informed on the Polarstern blog


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PS96 Weekly Report No. 3 | 21 till 31 December 2015

Visit at Neumayer station and research on public holidays

[05. January 2016] 

After three days of ice breaking near Neumayer station “Polarstern” finally arrives at the ice shelf front. Once again the ship’s nautical officers did an excellent job! The unloading of tons of cargo and supply of the station progress very smoothly and while all this hard work is going on, some scientists and crew members are given the opportunity to have a look at the impressive Neumayer III station.

PS96 Weekly Report No. 2 | 14 till 20 December 2015

Sea water below, wind above and ice in between: “Polarstern” is thriving in the Southern Ocean waters between Bouvet Island and the Neumayer III station.

[21. December 2015] 

Just in time when the first weekly letter started its long distance, homeward bound journey - a “space odyssey” via satellite - the first tiny ice fragments appeared in the sea. One day later, and ice floes, knocked against the ship’s hull and woke up some of the “Antarctic greenhorns” sleeping in their berths (at the end of our cruise everyone on board will be missing this sound!).

PS96 Weekly Report No. 1 | 6 till 13 December 2015

At the beginning of an expedition

[14. December 2015] 

Northern Europeans are not used to seeing ubiquitous advent decoration at +25°C in the shade. Off we go – leaving the Table Mountain and heading south. Frozen water fits our idea of Christmas much better than a boiling hot sun.

PS96 | Cape Town to Punta Arenas

PS96 - Capa Town to Punta Arenas

[03. December 2015] 

ehe cruise leg PS96 FROSN, Filchner Ronne Outflow System Now (ANT XXXI/2) will start on December 6, 2015 in Cape Town and will end on February 14, 2016 in Punta Arenas.

In total, 45 scientists work on board in 8 different groups in various physical and biological disciplines and will address questions in meteorology, oceanography and bathymetry as well as benthic, ecological and fish biological problems. In addition, the ship has to provide time consuming logistical support of different kind during the expedition.


PS95.2 Weekly Report No. 3 | 23. till 29. November 2015

In the Benguela Upwelling Region

[01. December 2015] 

On the way to Cape Town we continued with our regular underway measurements, only interrupted by two full stations with CTD and plankton nets on Monday (ca. 10°S) and Thursday (20°15’S). The last CTD on Thursday was celebrated and we were a bit sad that this was the last station.