Welcome to the network for drifting sea ice buoys in the Southern Ocean! 

The International Programme for Antarctic Buoys

The Participants of the WCRP/SCAR International Programme for Antarctic Buoys (IPAB) work together to maintain a network of drifting buoys in the Southern Ocean, in particular over sea ice, to provide meteorological and oceanographic data for real-time operational requirements and research purposes. IPAB data are used for many purposes, for example: 1. Research in Antarctic climate and climate change 2. Forecasting weather and ice conditions 3. Validation of satellite measurements 4. Forcing, validation and assimilation into numerical climate models 5. Tracking the source and fate of samples taken from the ice IPAB is coordinated by Christian Haas from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI, Germany) and chaired by Dr. Petra Heil from the Australian Antarctic Division. The website is hosted by AWI. IPAB is a sister program of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP).
  • Types of buoys
  • Link to data archives
  • Global Telecommunication System
  • Data on Meereisportal
  • Map of deployments
  • Planned deplyoments
  • Cruise reports
  • SOOS


Prof. Dr. Christian Haas

Dr. Marcel Nicolaus

Dr. Petra Heil (mail/personal homepage??)