Research Vessels

Research Vessels

The oceans make up 70 % of the Earth’s surface and bind 98 % of the free volume of water. Yet we still know relatively little about the largest of the world’s habitats. Exploring the seas requires sophisticated research vessels fitted with state-of-the-art scientific equipment.

The research vessels POLARSTERN, METEOR, SONNE, MARIA S. MERIAN, POSEIDON, ALKOR, and HEINCKE were built to meet the specific demands of marine research. They are equipped for projects in the fields of biology, geology, geophysics, glaciology, geochemistry, oceanography, and meteorology, and their operating areas are as diverse as the field of marine research itself.