A powerhouse for German deep-sea research
Lutz Mallon, captain of the research vessel SONNE
On December 4, 2012, construction work began at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg. This video shows how the research vessel took shape step by step over the next 20 months.
Seasickness on board the RV SONNE
A temporary home away from home
Each researcher has his/her own cabin on board the SONNE. In this video, you can see what the cabins look like and where scientists can exercise on board during long expeditions.
Hard work requires good food
After the command bridge, the ship's kitchen is one of the most important places on board. When your work is long and intensive, good quality and varied meals are a high priority.
The SONNE's deployment off Ritter Island
It's busy on deck!
This video by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel shows the different research devices used on SONNE expeditions.
Human actions have a long-lasting effect
On SONNE expedition SO242-2, researchers examined deep-sea life forms in a region of the Peru Basin where the ocean floor had been ploughed up 26 years before. Even after almost three decades, the populations of entire species still hadn't recovered from this human intervention.
Hydrothermal vents and black smokers...
...were discovered by scientists on SONNE expedition SO253, which took them to the Kermadec volcanic arc off of the northern coast of New Zealand. The Pacific and Australian continental plates meet here beneath the sea, resulting in the formation of numerous undersea volcanoes that release water at the ocean floor with a temperature of 300°C.
If you want to understand earthquakes, you need to examine them close to their source
Geophysicist Professor Heidrun Koop explaining a new system for measuring movement of the Earth’s plates (GeoSEA-Array), which she and her team installed in the deep sea off the coast of Chile on SONNE expedition SO244.
You can find more information on the German research fleet and the objectives of German ocean research in the following internet portals:
German Research Vessels Portal
Project Management Jülich
German Marine Research Consortium
German Research Fleet Coordination Centre
Text: Sina Löschke
Edited by: Albert Gerdes and Florian Druckenthaner