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Primary and bacterial productivity around St.Nord and near the ice tongue: impact of glacier melt

Expected field work start date
07 Aug 2015
Expected field work end date
28 Aug 2015
University of Manitoba
Project category
Type of project
Project theme
Ocean & fiord systems
Project topic
Climate research
Sea ice
Fieldwork country
Fieldwork region
North-East Greenland


Direct sampling on the Niskin bottle for DOC and nutrients.

The acceleration of icebergs and glaciers melt associated with large releases of iron, impacts biochemical and physical characteristics in the water column, influencing phytoplankton dynamic. As phytoplankton mitigates global warming by fixing the greenhouse gas CO2 into biomass and is the first vital link in the food chain, thus these changes will affect the carbon cycling and the entire food web in the Arctic. Therefore, the objective is to describe the biological and chemical properties in the water column, along transects from coast to shore, and near the ice tongue during summer. Opportunistic samples could also be collected in particular hydrographic area identified with CTD measurements. These would permit to investigate how this near-shore dynamic affect bacterial and primary production in the upper water column.

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Last updated
18 Mar 2017