Antarctic Technology Offshore Lagoon Laboratories
for development and testing of new
in situ investigation strategies
in situ experiments
ultra-light / ultra-low-engergy Antarctic modules
donated from ATOLL Company
sponsored by VOLKSWAGEN FOUNDATION
six GRAVE global netcages in front, half submerged, with mounted high-penetration cameras, sonar heads, oxygen temperature & salinity sensors, cables to measuring room, radio link to shore container.
anchored in the KAISER BUCHT at the locks of the KIEL CANAL in KIEL HOLTENAU for development of artificial herring spawning beds, imaging of early life history and feeding behavior of juvenile herring and glasseel, optical in situ properties of herring and crustaceans
Boat Basin of the Institute fuer Meereskunde, the home and lauchpad for the floating lab (webcam courtesy of Bernd Ueberschaer) - from microwave antennas above the greenhouse on the right hull the images of the SONAR systems and ecoSCOPE systems were transmitted to a land station for evaluation and compression towards public access via the INTERNET (first WEB server ever in Kiel) - the system can run without human supervision for more then three weeks. Energy is derived from the motion of the hulls and a wind generator - no fossil fuel was ever burnt for the experiments of the ecoISLAND
link to construction / donation company: atoll GmbH, Gmund, Waki Zoellner
link to GLOBEC publication "The ATOLL Laboratories and Other Instrumentation Developed at Kiel"
loading of equipment in harbor of INSTITUT FUER MEERESKUNDE, CAU Kiel
link to the in situ scanning capsule for direct autonomous deployment in heavy packice
Link to the Project "Cities on the Ocean" of the ATOLL FOUNDATION
Link to the Project "iceSTATION" Antarctic Telepresence Offshore Longterm Laboratories
Link to the Project "KINDER UNIVERSITY" of the ATOLL FOUNDATION
Link to publication "Was hat der Nord Ostsee Kanal mit der Antarktis zu tun" CANAL VEREIN 9 1988 161-6
Link to publication "Der Kanal als Kinderstube der Heringe" KIEL-CANAL - 100 Jahre Nord Ostsee Kanal 1995 119 -25 (soon)
Link to publication "Bericht an den
Bundesminister für Forschung
und Technologie: Aquaculture and Experimental Fisheries Biologie
1970 - 1985 Transformation of Nutrients by Fish in Respect to Different
Physiological and Physical Regime "
the central processing room with the door to the sheltered balcony 5 cm above water level, Waki Zoellner at the main computer terminal watching the schooling trout in the net cage (click on the left image side or the door to walk around or the monitor to see the fish image)
students in the small lecturing facility (holding 14 ) with slide projector, printer, monitor and videolink to the internet during the graduate level class "advanced technologies and strategies in aquaculture"
view out of the main window of the underwater observation room with milling ultra-clean salmonids (ca 28 cm bodylength) in a net cage. The cage is mounted with belts directly under the hull, the netwall faintly visible at the right image side (image taken with a high penetration camera, optically filtered, digitally contrast enhanced and sharpened) this was -to our knowledge- the first online accessible fishCAM on the INTERNET, in the first days the WEB emerged, served via the first NeXT machine @ Kiel University - donated from d'art - in the left half of the image the fish cruise in a fishmill school formation - in the right upper quarter a broadside aggression during the attack phase is frozen - the bio-energetics of different types of behavior and oxygen regime was studied in the project "Communication in fish schools" - behavioral aspects of fish and shrimp in aquaculture plants were of a higher importance than we ever thought at the start of the project, with positive affects on food conversion, diseases, survival, labor during feeding, grading and harvest. Even environmental impact can be reduced drastically with a little knowledge of behavioral details. We encourage any future aquaculture enterprise to invest into quantitative behavioral instrumentation and staff - we get paid for not publishing most results of this non-university project.
students on deck of the main hull during the graduate level class "advanced technologies and strategies in aquaculture"
students on deck of the main hull during the graduate level class "advanced technologies and strategies in aquaculture", in the back the netcages with trouts and the power plant. The floating lab and netcages are located directly in the flume of the plant to utilize the warm water and investigate the physiological consequences
Students from four countries on the roof of the balcony in front of the central processing room (today all in permanent high positions in most advanced aquaculture plants)