Field Sites in Antarctica


Dallmann Laboratory

Dallmann Laboratory was opened in January 1994 by the Instituto Antártico Argentino (IAA) and the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) as an annex to the Argentinean Jubany Station at Potter Cove on King-George Island. Their mission was to promote bilateral collaboration in Antarctic ecosystem research. Argentine and German scientists conducted cooperative projects investigating the Antarctic shallow water ecosystems and the terrestrial communities on Potter Peninsula. When The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) joined the collaboration in 2005, Dallmann Laboratory became the first trilateral research facility in Antarctica. The laboratory is named after Eduard Dallmann, a German polar explorer. Jubany Station was renamed into Scientific Base Dr. Alejandro Carlini on March 5th 2012.


Dallmann Laboratory offers living and working space for 14 scientists working in 6 laboratories and a thermostated aquarium container. Most marine projects require intensive diving support, provided by divers from the Argentine DNA (Direccion Nacional del Antaritco) and AWI diving teams. The teams operate from the Carlini Station diving house which is equipped with compressor, decompression chamber, and lockers for diving equipment. Although Carlini Station is staffed throughout the year, the Dallmann Laboratory is open only during the summer months from October to April. Since some years, an overwintering scientists from Argentina is continuing sampling through the polar night.