Expedition Clockwork Ocean

Tracking from the air

Research aircraft Stemme S10VTX D-KNFH

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Stemme S10VTX D-KNFH over Baltic sea [Foto: HZG / Dr. Torsten Fischer]

As a first step, a motor glider from the University in Aachen (Fachhochschule Aachen) explores the research site early in the morning. From a height of 3 km to 5 km it has a good overview and can rapidly detect the small eddies using an infrared camera. As soon as an eddy or a front is located the zeppelin and research ships are informed. They then navigate to the eddy to measure it in detail, while the research aircraft continues scanning the entire research site.

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