Rapid climate warming effects on the relation between benthic biodiversity and biogeochemical functioning in polar marine ecosystems

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
    • Geochemistry
    • Geology
    • Animal biology
    • Other biological sciences
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
benthic biodiversity climate warming Polar marine ecosystems biogeochemistry
Project description

Polar marine ecosystems are particularly experiencing strong modifications, because of their sensitivity to sea surface warming and sea ice retreat. We aim to investigate the influence of rapidly changing environmental conditions on sea floor biodiversity and biogeochemistry in polar marine ecosystems. Since the effects will be system-specific, two very contrasting ecosystems are targeted: a deep-sea Arctic and a coastal Antarctic site.