Studying Climate Change in The Arctic
September 18, 2018
by Jean Gaumy
In May 2018, Jean Gaumy photographed in tough conditions, a sampling campaign carried out in the high Arctic fjord of Young Sound (Greenland) by the BeBEST International Arctic Laboratory.
At this time, the ice and snow cover reaches their maximum at this site, and this is a condition of crucial interest for studying the effects of climate change. In particular, the ice and snow cover affect the seasonal dynamics of the marine environment, which then can modify the relationships between organisms in the food web and the consumer organisms which are dominated on this site by filter-feeding bivalves.
This situation, in turn, may alter the life cycle patterns of these bivalve groups whose continued existence in this region depends on the regular arrival of new individuals on the sea floor.
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