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.

PS93.1 Weekly Report No. 1 | 29 June to 5 July 2015

From Longyearbyen through Fram Strait towards Northeast Greenland

[06. July 2015] 

At 8:00 am the embarkment of scientists starts. As Polarstern cannot enter the harbor pier directly, people have to use the Zodiac (Fig.1).


PS92 Weekly Report No. 6 | 22 to 28 June 2015

Last call: Svalbard

Goodbye Arctic Ocean

[28. June 2015] 

During this week we moved westward in order to get geological cores at the Sverdrup Bank. Reaching our target area turned out to be again quite difficult due to strong ice conditions and we were thus not able to reach the western part of the plateau.


PS92 - Weekly Report No. 5 | 15 to 21 June 2015

Back in the future

The TRANSSIZ expedition reached the northernmost position

[22. June 2015] 

We started this week with the northernmost station of our cruise on the western slope of the Yermak Plateau. Although we were eventually able to pass the magic 82˚ North on our transit onto the Yermak Plateau, our sixth ice station has not been located at the western slope of the plateau.


PS92 Summary | 19 May - 28 June 2015

The Polarstern expedition PS92

Bremerhaven - Longyearbyen

[19. May 2015] 

On May 19, 2015, the German research icebreaker RV Polarstern will set sail for a six week expedition to the Central Arctic Ocean initiated by “ART”. ART, in this case, does not stand for artistry but is the abbreviation for Arctic in Rapid Transition, an international research network established by early career scientists working in the Arctic.


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