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The seeding of ice algal blooms in Arctic pack ice: the multiyear ice seed repository hypothesis


Olsen, LM and Laney, SR and Duarte, P and Kauko, HM and Fernandez-Mendez, M and Mundy, CJ and Rosel, A and Meyer, A and Itkin, P and Cohen, L and Peeken, I and Tatarek, A and Rozanska-Pluta, M and Wiktor, J and Taskjelle, T and Pavlov, AK and Hudson, SR and Granskog, MA and Hop, H and Assmy, P, The seeding of ice algal blooms in Arctic pack ice: the multiyear ice seed repository hypothesis, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122, (7) pp. 1529-1548. ISSN 2169-8953 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1002/2016JG003668


During the Norwegian young sea ICE expedition (N‐ICE2015) from January to June 2015 the pack ice in the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard was studied during four drifts between 83 and 80N. This pack ice consisted of a mix of second year, first year, and young ice. The physical properties and ice algal community composition was investigated in the three different ice types during the winter‐spring‐summer transition. Our results indicate that algae remaining in sea ice that survived the summer melt season are subsequently trapped in the upper layers of the ice column during winter and may function as an algal seed repository. Once the connectivity in the entire ice column is established, as a result of temperature‐driven increase in ice porosity during spring, algae in the upper parts of the ice are able to migrate toward the bottom and initiate the ice algal spring bloom. Furthermore, this algal repository might seed the bloom in younger ice formed in adjacent leads. This mechanism was studied in detail for the dominant ice diatom Nitzschia frigida. The proposed seeding mechanism may be compromised due to the disappearance of older ice in the anticipated regime shift toward a seasonally ice‐free Arctic Ocean.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seeding, algal bloom, Arctic Ocean, pack ice, phytoplankton, N-ICE2015, multiyear ice, diatom
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Meyer, A (Dr Amelie Meyer)
ID Code:125323
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-05-04
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