The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), organised by the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), took place in the austral summer of 2016 / 17. Scientists from all over the world studied a wide range of disciplines, collecting data and samples from the Southern Ocean and a number of terrestrial sites on islands around Antarctica, as well as the continent itself.
The R/V Akademik Tryoshnikov left Cape Town, South Africa in December 2016, visiting Iles de Crozet and Kerguelen, and passing by Heard Island on its way to Hobart, Australia. After leaving Hobart in January 2017, the voyage headed due South to the Mertz glacier before visiting the remote Balleny Islands, Mount Siple, Peter I and Scott Island, with one final stop at Diego Ramirez, a small group of islands in Chilean waters. The final leg of the journey took place beginning in Punta Arenas, Chile in February 2017. The ship journeyed to South Georgia, passed by the South Sandwich Islands and made its final stop at the remote island of Bouvetoya before arriving back in Cape Town in March 2017.
Before and after the circumnavigation, the ship travelled from and to Bremerhaven (Germany), collecting data enroute.Read more
The ACE Zenodo Community Collection is for all data sets, associated materials and other publications resulting from the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE).