FS Polarstern ANTXXIX/1

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FS Polarstern (06AQ)
Cruise identifierANTXXIX/1
Cruise period2012-10-26 — 2012-11-27
Port of departureBremerhaven, Germany
Port of returnCape Town, South Africa
ObjectivesWith the disembarkation in Cape Town on 27th November 2012, the cruise leg ANTXXIX/1 very successfully reached its end after 32 days at sea. Samples and data were collected at 19 stations along the cruise track, a deep-sea mooring at the foot of Walvis Ridge was exchanged successfully and many en route measurements and equipment tests were conducted. In the framework of the EUROPA - "European Universities & Research Onboard Polarstern in the Atlantic" programme, for the first time, Polarstern was used for an international and interdisciplinary hands-on training initiative bringing together 37 master students, doctoral candidates and lecturers from eleven different universities and research institutions. Around 87 hours of station time were available during the cruise leg, out of which 52 hours were used for biological sampling with different plankton nets and with the optical plankton profiler LOKI, while 27 hours were needed for oceanographic measurements with the CTD and mooring work. During further eight hours hydroacoustic tests with different echosounders were conducted.
Chief scientistHolger Auel (University of Hamburg, Department of Chemistry)
ProjectEuropean Universities & Research Onboard Polarstern in the Atlantic (EUROPA)
Cruise reportFS Polarstern ANTXXIX/1 cruise report polarstern_antxxix1.pdf (12.48 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
North Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
South East Atlantic Ocean (limit 20W)
Track chartsFS Polarstern ANTXXIX/1 cruise track — polarstern_antxxix1trk.pdf (3.40 MB)