Celtic Explorer CE12010

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)Celtic Explorer (45CE)
Cruise identifierCE12010
Cruise period2012-07-20 — 2012-08-06
Port of departureBremerhaven, Germany
Port of returnBremerhaven, Germany
ObjectivesInvestigate the Sleipner CO2 storage site operated by Statoil and the natural shallow water CO2 seep offshore Juist Island in the Southern German North Sea. On the transit between these 2 major working areas are the prominent gas (methane) seep area Tommeliten and the blowout crater in the UK sector of the North Sea, which will be explored as reference sites. We intend to quantify fluxes of key chemical parameters and potentially toxic metals and study the mechanisms determining the migration of CO2, CH4, and formation waters through the sedimentary overburden by a variety of novel monitoring techniques. Included in the study are investigations of seawater chemistry together with the near-field dispersion processes as key input parameters for our environmental studies and numerical model simulations. We will also carry out the assessment of the distribution of sensitive megafauna and will use fingerprinting of microbial community diversity as a key indicator of environmental impacts.
Chief scientistPeter Linke (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel (West Shore Campus))
NPRCCeltic Explorer CE12010 NPRC celticexplorer_ce12010.pdf (0.11 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificSleipner CO2 storage site