6 - Marine biology, ecosystems and biodiversity

The polar oceans are the final sink for many semi-volatile organic contaminants. The study of the composition of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) and the occurrence of organic contaminants describes the circulation of nutrients and the impact of allochthonous sources on the marine ecosystem. Data from acoustic recordings allow to collect information about biological activities of species producing sound (fish, marine mammals, crustaceans) and ice dynamics. Multi- and interdisciplinary studies addresses to the short-term evaluation of microbial and biogeochemical trends along the water column.

The shallow waters fish community of the Kongsfjorden are investigated by a combination of direct visual census and biological sampling. Kongsfjorden is a good example of transition zone, and an ideal natural laboratory to study the potential influence of hydrographic regime shifts on the local fish fauna and ecosystems.

List of the Research activities


Processes in the low atmosphere

Soil, permafrost and geology

Glaciology, snow and ice

Terrestrial ecosystem and biodiversity

Oceanographic and marine research

Marine biology and biodiversity

ICT and technological innovation

Sun-Earth relations and high atmosphere

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