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Fjords of Western Greenland, Sediments, Phytoplankton and Climate Change

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February 16th, 2013 Category: Glaciers and Ice Caps, Phytoplankton

Greenland – January 26th, 2013

Greenlandic fjords are located at the junction between the ocean and the Greenland Ice Sheet and therefore sensitive to future climate change. However, little is known about the fjord-glacier link, and fjords are in
general understudied. Furthermore, biological studies and basic ecological understanding remain very incomplete.

However, recent research describes differences in plankton community structure in the offshore West Greenland system towards a glacial outlet fjord, and the results suggest differences in offshore and fjord systems. Results suggest that the high suspended sediment concentrations in the fjord cannot explain the spatial distribution of plankton communities, pointing instead the importance of oceanfjord-glacier interaction. In this image, the lighter blue areas along the coast indicate the presence of sediments and/or phytoplankton (click here for more information).

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