The philosophical part …
… while this ocean expedition takes place, the TARA Sailing Vessel will complete its TARA Oceans two-and-half-year mission to sample the oceans in a totally new way, ‘The Abyss’ film director and National Geographic Explorer, James Cameron, could become only the third man to reach the deepest part of the ocean, diving to the Mariana Trench after 7 years of planning, and the world will mark 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic.
All in all, a busy, but exciting, period for enthusing the next generation of ocean explorers and enginners!
… and the down to earth (well, ocean!) part …
FS METEOR “Deep Convection” (Cruise No.87/1) is part of CATNEC (CArbon Turnover driven by geological and biogeochemical processes at the Northern European Continental slope and adjacent marginal sea) and the EURO-BASIN Cruise Programme 2012/2013 (EUROpean Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis and INtegration in the North Atlantic).
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
FP7 EURO-BASIN IP (EC Grant Agreement 264 933)
FS METEOR Cruise 87/1 will focus on processes that affect carbon fluxes in the region of the north-western European continental slope and adjacent coastal and marginal seas (North Sea and Baltic Sea). Leg M87/1 will mainly investigate the importance of winter convection on winter primary producers, fate of sinking biomass and the impact on the following spring bloom in distinct hydrographical regions in the north-eastern Atlantic and the northern North Sea
Research Vessel FS METEOR
The research vessel FS METEOR is used for German basic ocean research world-wide and for cooperation with other nations in this field. FS METEOR is owned by the Federal Republic of Germany represented by the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which also financed the construction of the vessel.
The vessel is operated as an ‘Auxiliary Research Facility’ by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and expeditions are 70% financed by DFG and 30% by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The Senate Commission for Oceanography of the DFG is charged with planning of the expeditions from the scientific perspective. It appoints the coordinators and the chief scientists for expeditions.
The Operations Control Office for German Research Vessels at University of Hamburg is responsible for the scientific, technical, logistical and financial preparation and administration of expeditions of the research vessel as well as for supervising the operation of the vessel. On one hand, it cooperates with the expedition coordinators on a partner-like basis and on the other hand it is the direct partner of the managing owners F. Laeisz GmbH.
EURO-BASIN Project Office
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