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Expedition SO 254 with FS SONNE : PoriBacNewZ

Chief Scientist: Prof. Dr. Meinhard Simon, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Oldenburg, Germany

The expedition SO254 took place between January 26th and Febuary 27th, 2017 in the southwest Pacific off the eastern coast of New Zeland. Station were located between 29° and 5° South.

Objectives of the expedition included the sampling of the water column with respect to bacterial communities, as well as the sampling of the seafloor with respect to the occurrence and distribution of megafauna, especially sponges, corals and echinotderms (e.g. holothurians, starfish etc.).

ROV KIEL 6000 was the main tool for sampling the seafloor and accompished 19 scientific dives in water depths up to approximately 5000m. Main tasks included the documentation and mapping of megafauna communities and, most of all, the sampling of target organisms.

The expedition was conducted within the project PoriBacNewZ (BMBF financed).

Publications to which ROV KIEL 6000 contributed.
Images (unless otherwise noted): ROV-Team GEOMAR; for enquiries on utilisation of image material please contact Public Relations Dpt. GEOMAR oder Dr. Friedrich Abegg.



    Scientific Head 

    Dr. Friedrich Abegg
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel
    Technology & Logistics Centre
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-2134
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2680
    E-mail: fabegg(at)   

    Technical Head

    Martin Pieper (Dipl. Ing.)
    Technology & Logistics Centre
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-1688
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2680
    E-mail: mpieper(at) 

    Scientific Advisor

    Prof. Dr.Colin Devey
    FB4: Dynamics of the Ocean Floor
    Tel.: 0049 431 600-2257
    Fax: 0049 431 600-2924
    E-mail: cdevey(at)