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Auf der Jagd nach den Wirbeln – Die #MOSESeddyhunt startet / The #MOSESeddyhunt starts

Die anrückenden Eddies schon im Blick: Der GEOMAR Navigator zeigt den Kurs von autonomen Geräten und Anomalien an der Meeresoberfläche. / Monitoring the approaching eddies-the GEOMAR Navigator shows the course of autonomous devices and sea surface anomalies

(English version below) Langsam wird es spannend. Forscherinnen und Forscher aus Kiel, Geesthacht, Kaiserslautern, Bremen, Aachen sowie von den kapverdischen Inseln legen derzeit im tropischen Nordostatlantik ihre Daten-Netze aus. Netze, in denen sie einen Eddy fangen wollen. Am besten sogar mehrere. Eddy? Wer – oder was – ist das eigentlich? Also, bevor wir die Jagd […]

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You left too soon

Today, it is Dr. Victoria “Vicky” Bertics birthday, she was born July 1, 1982 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. In 2004 she received a dual Bachelor’s degree with honors in Biology and Earth Sciences from the University of California in Berkeley. She then started her PhD thesis at the University of Southern California (USC) in the […]

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Who is eating the organic material in the OMZ off Peru?

As mentioned in the previous blog entries, the area off Peru is very special, because parts of the water column contain low oxygen concentration or oxygen is even completely absent. I am  interested in the very small inhabitants of the water column which adapted to live in the oxygen rich as well as in the […]

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What you can’t see- greenhouse gases from the Ocean

Usually, when talking about greenhouse gases, one would think of carbon dioxide, which indeed is very important regarding the Earth climate and human made climate change. But there are two greenhouse gases, which are actually much stronger than carbon dioxide: Methane, with a warming potential 30 times as strong as carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide, […]

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Oceans of plastics

Since three weeks we are sampling the waters off Peru, which is an area we explore since almost ten years. We came here for several large scale surveys, the first one took place in 2008, then 2012, 2013, 2015. From the beginning of this cruise on, we observed a lot of plastic trash in the […]

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The real life in the Ocean

A group of three, we’re the zooplankton-and-nekton-people on board. We are interested in how environmental drivers such as oxygen, temperature or light shape the distribution of pelagic animals. “Pelagic” means “in the water column”, so most of these animals hardly see the seafloor or the ocean’s surface, but occupy the three-dimensional space in between. If […]