Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition – ACE

ACE in figures:

  • Samples taken: 26,637
  • Data-collection opportunities: 3,106 in 96 different places
  • Liters of water collected with the rosette (an instrument for analysing ocean water): 3,916
  • Number of Agassiz trawls: 64
  • Number of radiosondes released: 90
  • Number of helicopter hours flown in 19 flying days: 107
  • Number of landings in 14 different locations: 494
  • Kilometers travelled: 33,565
  • Number of researchers on the first leg: 75, of which 54 scientists
  • Number of researchers on the second leg: 80, of which 55 scientists
  • Number of researchers on the third leg: 80, of which 55 scientists
  • Number of researchers participating in all three legs: 31, of which 16 scientists
  • Number of researchers participating in two of three legs: 14, of which 12 scientists
  • Total number of researchers 159
  • Number of research institutions represented: 73
  • Number of countries represented on board (scientists only): 23
  • Crew of Akademik Treshnikov: 60

Some facts and important firsts:

  • Number of island groups visited: 12
  • ACE is the first expedition to do such a journey for science for at least 60 years
  • Microplastics were discovered all around Antarctica, even in the most remote areas.
  • This was the first scientific expedition of this size in at least 60 years.
  • Samples were taken up to 3,000 meters below the ice.
  • The air on the continent turned out to be cleaner than air in laboratory cleanrooms.
  • 3D models were made of Young, Buckle and Sabrina Islands (part of the Balleny Islands).
  • Ice cores were taken on Young, Siple, Peter I and Bouvet Islands.

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