Sea ice measurements are a vital part of current climate research. Scientist of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) measure the thickness and consistency of polar ice with sophisticated measurement devices that use HeliService helicopters as aerial platforms. Our crews also support AWI scientists with setting up their land and ice stations and operating flights in order to survey marine animals (whales, seals, penguins and other birds).
Since establishing a maintenance operation on the Alfred Wegener Institute research vessel Polarstern in 2004, two Bo105 helicopters have been flying in spite of very unfavourable climatic conditions.
The Alfred Wegener Institute pursues research in the Polar Regions and the oceans of mid and high latitudes. As one of the 18 centres of the Helmholtz Association it coordinates polar research in Germany and provides ships like the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations for the international scientific community. For Further information on the Polarstern and the work of the Alfred Wegener Institute please refer to www.awi.de.