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Contrasting plankton diversity and interactions with organic matter flux in Arctic fjord systems subject differential climatic forcing mechanisms along the coast of Svalbard 2017

Expected field work start date
28 Jul 2017
Expected field work end date
18 Aug 2017
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Marine ecosystems
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Climate research
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Heincke in Bergen

The effects of global climate change are particularly pronounced in the Arctic and yield fundamental environmental changes as a consequence. The rising temperature causes higher water temperatures in summer and especially for melting of Arctic glaciers, the freshwater input inevitably leads to changes in Arctic fjord systems. Therefore, the proposed study has two main objectives to address: (1) change in the biological diversity of the plankton communities (zoo-, phyto- and bacterioplankton) along salinity and temperature gradients in Arctic fjords, and (2) the potential occurrence of toxic phytoplankton species in the Svalbard fjords due to the changing climatic conditions. Accordingly, 5 different fjord systems in the north and west of Svalbard will be studied (van Mijenfjorden, Wijdefjorden, Woodfjorden, Kongsfjorden, Isfjorden); of those only Kongsfjorden and Issfjorden are relative good studied. However, these fjords are differentially strongly influenced by Arctic and Atlantic water and differ further in their size, the influx of glacial freshwater and the annual ice-cover. Detecting and analyzing temporal and spatial phytoplankton

Last updated
09 May 2017