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Home run for the RV Maria S. Merian: Research vessel sets off towards the Baltic Sea ice for the “Deep Baltic” mission

17.02.2021 12:00

Research Vessel Maria S. Merian at the ice edge
The ice-edge research vessel Maria S. Merian, home port Rostock, departs on February 25 for its 99th research cruise, which will focus on the winter deep-water ventilation of the central Baltic Sea. (Photo: IOW / T. Neumann)

From February 25 to March 23, 2021, a team of physicists and geologists from Warnemünde, Kiel and Szczecin will be underway in the northern Baltic Sea to investigate the dynamics of winterly deep water circulation. Besides recording the current hydrodynamic conditions near and under the sea ice of the Gulf of Bothnia, the program includes sedimentological and geophysical studies to investigate sediment erosion and deposition characteristics induced by deep-water movement. A further aim is to reconstruct the history of deep water circulation in the northern Baltic Sea during Holocene climate variations recorded in older sediments.


Read full joint press release by
Kiel Marine Science (KMS), Kiel University
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW)

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