Neumayer III, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)
Neumayer Station III is located about 20 km inland of the ice edge on the Ekström Ice Shelf. The Ekström Ice Shelf is a part of Dronning Maud Land in the Atlantic Sector of Antarctica. In contrast to the previous stations, Neumayer Station III was built about 7 m above the snow surface.
The coastal environment favours the biodiversity in the vicinity of Neumayer Station III. Emperor penguin colony, Adélie penguins as well as Weddell seals, Skuas and other birds are present. The Ekström Ice Shelf is surrounded by two ice covered ridges and the ice shelf forms a bay (Atka Bay). The ice shelf is about 200 m thick at its front and has a velocity of 250 m/yr.
Neumayer Station III follows the Georg-von-Neumayer station (1981–1992) and Neumayer Station II (1992–2009) on the Ekström Ice Shelf. It is the first of these three stations to be built about 7 m above the surface. Neumayer Station III integrates research, operational and accommodation facilities in one building. On the roof of Neumayer Station III, a balloon launching hall was built to launch radiosondes. A short distance from the station (1.5 km) an air chemistry (trace gases) and a geophysics observatory are located. Together with the meteorology, they comprise the long-term observatories of Neumayer Station III and the previous station.
Main research fields are meteorology, air chemistry and geophysics. These are long-term observatories and the data are available at www.pangaea.de. The meteorology observatory is part of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN). Additionally, ocean acoustics and the observation of the penguin colony take place. The Neumayer Station III is also the location of the infra-sound array I27DE, a measuring field of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
The station staff is performing the station operations, maintainance, upgrades etc.
Due to the closeness to the coast, Neumayer III Station can be reached by ship and aircraft. Most ships leave from Cape Town and it takes about 10 days to reach the ice shelf edge. Additionally, Neumayer III Station can be reached using feeder flights from the Norwegian Troll Station or the Russian Novolazarevskaya Station. Germany is part of the Dronning Maud Land Air Network (DROMLAN).
Alfred Wegener Institute
Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)
70° 40.5769' 0'' S
8° 16.3655' 0'' W
I - East Antarctic ice shelves
6 Dronning Maud Land
01/01/1981 to 31/12/2015
Coast; Ice shelf; Sea ice
Atmospheric sciences; Climate studies; Geophysics and seismology; Glaciology; Meteorology
Fossil fuel; Renewable
Meteorological equipment, air-chemistry lab, GPS, hydrophones beneath the ice shelf, camera for observing penguin colony.
Meteorological observations, air-chemistry, geophysics.
Medical doctor; Non-medical trained person
Basic; Dental; Surgery
Anaesthesia; Diagnostic x-ray; Laboratory diagnostics; Telemedicine
Ten skidoos, twenty snow groomers, two 4WD vehicles with balloon tyres.
Mechanical; Metal workshop; Plexiglas workshop; Wood workshop
Computer; E-mail; Internet; Printer; Satellite phone; Telephone; VHF
Air; Land; Sea
Aircraft landing facilities
Transport and freight
Airplane; Ship; Ski; Skidoo
January; February; December
January; February; October; November; December
Access To The Facility
NeumayerIII Station SChristmann
NeumayerIII Geophysics TSteuer
NeumayerIII Meteorology TSteuer
NeumayerIII hallway SChristmann
NeumayerIII air-chemistry TSteuer