Deployment Plans

Polarstern cruise PS 103 from Dec. 2016 to Feb. 2017: Deployments of two drifting arrays, each consisting of
  • 1 thermistor string IMB
  • 1 snow buoy
  • 3 GPS drifters (Surface Velocity Profilers)
Contact: Marcel Nicolaus (AWI) For further information and an overview of all Polarstern expeditions please follow the link.
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Polarstern cruise PS 111 planned from Jan. 2018 to March 2018: Deployments of thermistor string buoys, Snow Buoys, GPS drifters (Surface Velocity Profilers) and Automatic Weather Stations. Contact: Stefanie Arndt (AWI)

Recent Deployments

Please send us any information on your deployment plans, or where you can provide a deployment opportunity for buoys from other IPAB participants. A good deployment opportunity is any ship cruise or aircraft flight, visiting or passing through/over a region of sea ice which has a good chance to survive for some months after the deployment. For more information see also 'Meereisportal'.

Earlier Deployments and Reports

Expedition PS 96

The expedition PS96 to the southern Weddell Sea started on December 2, 2015, in Cape Town to arrive on February 14, 2016, in Punta Arenas. Among others different buoys were deployd to investigate the seasonal and interanual variability of sea ice thickness, snow depth drift and deformation. Read more in the 'Reports on Polar and Marine Research 700/2016 (see page 38-54) or at Pangaea.

Expedtion PS89

The expedition started on December 2, 2012, in Cape Town and arrived again Cape Town on February 1, 2015.  The sea ice physics programme during this cruise was a main contribution to the Sea Ice Physics and Ecology Study (SIPES). The programme performed sea ice thickness surveys, under-ice investigations with a remotely operated vehicle, deployments of autonomous stations (buoys), along-track ice observations from the bridge, and measurements of physical properties of the sea ice and its snow cover during ice stations. An overview of all stations, flights and deployments is given in Fig. and Table of 'Reports on Polar and Marine Research 689/2015' (see page 76-101) or at Pangaea.