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Water Sampling in the Tropics and in Antartica

Water sampling in the TropicsPhoto by Martin Visbeck Being on a research vessel is not always easy. Working on deck can be either too hot, too cold, or even too dangerous. One part of the daily work on the Research Vessel (R/V) Meteor is to collect water samples from the Niskin bottles attached to the […]

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Crazy Cat Lady

I am sitting in a beach chair on the monkey deck and watching the sun going down. I see the pink and orange coloured clouds, the red sun, the continuous moving waves and feel the ceasing winds, the calmness of a sunset. What a wonderful end of the day.  I completely forget how long this […]

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Replacing the 10°S Ocean Observatory

Recovering a mooring. Photo by Martin Visbeck.

The GEOMAR ocean observatory at 10°S is an installation of instruments in the ocean with the goal to obtain long times series of ocean changes. At 10°S off the Brazilian coast the observatory consists of four long moorings that measure currents, temperature and salinity. The array was first installed between 2000 and 2004 and after […]

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Shapes of the Ocean: The Beginning of a New Journey

The ocean provides several services to the world, including climate regulation, provisioning of living resources and biodiversity. Oceans are responsible for most of the oxygen produced on earth; they soak up the heat and transports warm water from the equator to the poles, and cold water from the poles to the tropics. In addition, oceans […]

Giving Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics a new spin

oder: Man muss einfach vielmehr spielen! After teaching atmosphere and ocean dynamics (AOD) for a couple of years I wanted to introduce something new to this course, which is part of the BSc program Physik des Erdsystems (Physics of the Earth system) at Kiel University. The course is kind of a tutorial accompanying the lecture. […]

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What is a CTD?

The first day on a ship is always very exciting. So many new things to see, explore and learn. One of the main instruments that we will be using on the expedition is the CTD. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature and Depth and refers to some of the sensors that the CTD-Rosette System carries. At […]

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Safety first …

Shortly after leaving port we have to get acquainted with the safety procedures on board of METEOR. We gather in the seminar room and … listen to the officer’s presentation about safety, fire, man-over-board, alarms and many more topics. So much to remember on the first day. But luckily we can browse the same information […]

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Departure from Recife

On Tuesday, October 29 2019 at 10:00 the pilot boards METEOR to guide us outside the port. The sun is already shining very strong and we are excited to finally reach the Atlantic Ocean. The views from the observations deck on METEOR is excellent and a perfect place to watch all the port operations. The […]