Antarctic expedition sea-ice

2 December 2014 - 1 February 2015

A large group of IMARES staff sails on board the German Research Icebreaker ‘Polarstern’ for investigations in the sea-ice areas of the Weddell Sea. The expedition sails from Cape Town (2 Dec 2014) to the German Neumayer Station (Christmas), through the centre of the Weddell Sea to Punta Arenas in Chile (1 Feb 2015).

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  • January 26, 2015 Blog: Whales predict the catch of krill under sea ice Under the last part of sea ice, the researchers of the Antarctic expedition were fishing on krill. The many whales made them suspect that there might be a lot of krill. And indeed, so much krill was caught that further research at home is now possible.
    Blog: Whales predict the catch of krill under sea ice
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  • January 20, 2015 Blog: Researchers spotted whales during their way back north The researchers on expedition to Antarctica return back North, because of a technical problem with one of Polarstern’s two propellers. Still there is room for research, such as ice fishing and counting birds, seals and whales.
    Blog: Researchers spotted whales during their way back north
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  • January 8, 2015 Blog: Expedition plan Antarctica changed: Polarstern returns to dock The researchers on expedition to Antarctica have a technical problem with one of Polarstern’s two propellers. This changes the expedition plan to Antarctica.
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  • January 5, 2015 Blog: A difficult resupply for the Antarctic expedition The researchers on expedition to Antarctica were on their way to the German polar base ‘Neumayer’, for resupply of foods and fuel for the coming year. However, in the Antarctic things are not always that easy. The bumps in the road to Neumayer require a bit of background on different shapes and names of ice.
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  • December 24, 2014 Blog: White Christmas on Antarctica Researchers of IMARES sail on board the German Research Icebreaker ‘Polarstern’ for investigations in the sea-ice areas of the Weddell Sea. Read about the first three weeks of the expedition in the blog of Jan Andries van Franeker.
    Photo: The ICEFLUX team at work on the first icecamp: Julia, Giulia, André and Antondrilling in the ice. Lots of ice-cores and water samples were successfully taken.
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  • December 11, 2014 Busy research season started in the Antarctic A large group of IMARES staff sails on board the German Research Icebreaker ‘Polarstern’ for investigations in the sea-ice areas of the Weddell Sea. The expedition sails from Cape Town (2 Dec 2014) to the German Neumayer Station (Christmas), through the centre of the Weddell Sea to Punta Arenas in Chile (1 Feb 2015).
    Busy research season started in the Antarctic
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Publication

Flores, H., Van Franeker, J.A., Van de Putte, A., Castellani, G., Schaafsma, F., Ehrlich, J., Vortkamp, M., Meijboom, A., Feij, B. & Van Dorssen, M. 2015. Sea ice ecology, pelagic food web and top predator studies. pp 102-126 in: Boebel, O. (Ed). The expedition PS89 of the Research Vessel POLARSTERN to the Weddell Sea in 2014/15. Reports on Polar Research 689.

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