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Isfjorden Marine Observatory Svalbard (IMOS)

Isfjorden Marine Observatory Svalbard (IMOS) aim to monitor the long-term dynamics in plankton from protists, zooplankton to fish larvae in relation to sea ice, hydrography and meteorology in Isfjorden to study the impacts of climate change at the base of the Arctic marine food web.

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Starts
2015-03-01

Ends
2018-03-01

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Project type

  • field work
  • remote sensing
  • long-term monitoring
  • data management
  • education and outreach
  • sios

Discipline

  • marine biology
  • oceanography

Project Keywords

  • oceans / marine biology / marine invertebrates
  • oceans / marine biology / marine microbiota
  • oceans / ocean temperature / water temperature
  • oceans / sea ice / ice depth/thickness

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Summary

In this project, Russian and Norwegian scientists will establish a joint marine plankton observatory in Isfjorden, where both nations have marine research bases in respective Barentsburg and Longyearbyen. Isfjorden Marine Observatory Svalbard (IMOS) aim to monitor the long-term dynamics in plankton from protists, zooplankton to fish larvae in relation to sea ice, hydrography and meteorology in Isfjorden to study the impacts of climate change at the base of the Arctic marine food web. IMOS is a 3 year project, but the goal is to establish a long-term data series, which not only capture annual variation in plankton dynamics, but also the seasonal dynamics. Isfjorden is the largest fjord system in Svalbard, located in the dynamic transition zone between warm Atlantic and colder Arctic climate regimes. Permanent settlements with Barentsburg located close to the mouth of Isfjorden, Longyearbyen in the middle and Pyramiden in Billefjorden, in the innermost part of Isfjorden, we have the ability to sample regularly with relatively low costs and effort. At present >15 years of plankton data from Isfjorden exist. These historical data will jump-start this Norwegian-Russian initiative when it comes to establish a long-term plankton database from the high-Arctic. Through a close cooperation with SIOS: Svalbard Integrated Observatory System, we will develop and execute a plan to ensure that plankton data gathered through this and other related projects are stored, managed and made available to the scientific community and stakeholders. In the RiS database we aim to place a link to all historical and new plankton metadata from Isfjorden.

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