Senckenberg am Meer Wilhelmshaven


Major Expeditions

2017     GEOARCHIVES II (Namib Sand Sea, Namibia)
2016     GEOARCHIVES II (Kalahari Desert, Namibia)
2016     MARIA S MERIAN Cruise MSM 55 'ARCA' (Spitzbergen, Barent Sea)
2015     GEOARCHIVES (Namib Coast, Namibia)
2014     GEOARCHIVES (Skeleton Coast, Namibia)
2014     POSEIDON Cruise PO 466 'MAPS' (Madeira hot spot track)
2013     GEOARCHIVES (Kalahari Desert, Namibia, South Africa)
2012     DECENT (Taurus mountains, Turkey)
2010     METEOR Cruise M 83/2 (Ampere Seamound) - see below
2010     POSEIDON Cruise  PO 397 'GROMET' (Great Meteor Bank)
2006     DEVEC-TR (Taurus mountains, Turkey)
2005     DEVEC-TR (Taurus mountains, Turkey)
2004     Diving expedition Comao-Fjord (Northern Patagonia, Chile)
2002     Devonian reefs (West Sahara)
1996     Southeast African Shelf (South Africa)
1995     METEOR Cruise M 33/3 (South-Indic)
1992     LITTORINA Cruise  (Brittany)
1992     Discovery Bay (Jamaika)
1992     METEOR Cruise  M 21/4 (Barentsea/Arktic)
1987     Eastern Desert (Egypt/Gulf of Suez/Red Sea)


Expedition M83/2 Research Vessel METEOR

14.11.-23.12.2010 Mindelo (Cape Verde) - Cadiz (Spain)

Leg M83/2 will, in a multidisciplinary way, help to identify those factors and processes which control the characteristics of the Ampère Seamount ecosystems. Physical, biogeochemical and biological samples will be taken in order to study the following main objectives, which will lead to a better understanding of seamount ecosystems, in particular in comparison with a similar, but less productive seamount which has been studied in previous projects. The following main objectives will be addressed:
- Relationships between flow field, particle dynamics and benthic community
- Faunal diversity and genetic connectivity between different seamounts
- Composition and distribution of the pelagic fauna and links to the current system
- Food supply, trophic structure and carbon flux in the ecosystem.

Sampling of meiofauna (Dr. K. George, Department DZMB, Senckenberg am Meer) and macrofauna (Dr. H. Reiß, Marine Biology, Department for Marine Research, Senckenberg am Meer) will be carried out with the Van-Veen-Grab and the multicorer, a box corer will be used for detailed sediment analyses and the Shipek-Grab (Dr. A. Wehrmann, Actuopalaeontology, Department for Marine Research, Senckenberg am Meer) will serve to analyze biogenic carbonate production and TOC-content. The data will be compared with other areas like the Seine-Seamount or the Great Meteor Bank.

Participants SaM: Dr. Kai George, Lena Albers, Torsten Janßen

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