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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 […]

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Mann über Bord

Gestern haben wir erfolgreich IFM 07, den ersten von zwei Glidern, geborgen. Er ist schon ein alter Hase unter den GEOMAR Glidern und hat sehr zuverlässig viele Messfahrten im Pazifik und Atlantik absolviert. Ähnlich wie Segelflugzeuge in der Luft, schweben Glider durch die Ozeane und können unterschiedliche Parameter messen – je nachdem, welche Messgeräte man […]

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Zodiac sampling

In order to understand Ocean-Atmosphere exchange processes, Tim and I went off the Meteor and did a sampling of the top 10 m of the water column with the Zodiac.   We took water samples with a Niskin bottle and a pump system in order to understand the structure of the surface layer in a […]

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What is the ocean’s biological carbon pump?

The currents and the biological activity near the coast of Peru are such that nearly all the oxygen disappears between 50 and 500m depth. This affects life from microbes to large fishes. We are currently onboard the FS METEOR to try to understand why and how this occurs. Carolina Cisternas-Novoa and myself, Frédéric Le Moigne […]