Into the Deep

Polarstern's mission to uncover the mysteries of our oceans

In collaboration with

Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Since 1982, international teams of scientists on the Polarstern have been investigating the atmosphere, sea ice, and ocean, and the seabed in the polar regions.

Smoke in the Water

Discover what Polarstern found at the bottom of the ocean

Looking for the hot vents and cold seeps in the Antarctic waters at a depth of over 3,000 meters.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Research

What do marine scientists do with the data they collect?

Life at the Edge of the World

South Georgia: the gateway to Antarctica

Take a Tour of the Ship

Meet the Explorers

What is it like to live on the Antarctic sea?

Antarctic Researchers: now vs then

Looking back on exploration 100 years ago

Educating the Future

How Polarstern brings its knowledge to the next generation

At the Cutting Edge

A closer look at German Marine Research

Acidifying Ocean

Discover an experimental artwork on the climate crisis

The interactive data visualisation, created by artist Cristina Tarquini for Google Arts & Culture in collaboration with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, explores the impact of rising temperatures and CO2 levels on marine life.

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