Northeast Greenland is a key region for studying past sea ice variability and glacier melt-off and their impact on the environment and biota. Very little research has yet been carried out on the marine realm off NE Greenland, and thus there is a limited understanding of modern and past climate and environment along the NE Greenland shelf and coast. The NorthGreen2017 expedition will focus on the past and current changes in Arctic ice shelves, ocean circulation, sea ice extent, sediment transport and freshwater discharge from the Greenland ice cap. It will allow a comprehensive study of the consequences of such major changes on ocean circulation, iceberg release, pelagic/benthic ecosystems and the future evolution of both biological and geological resources around Greenland. We will combine oceanographical and geophysical surveys with marine sediment sampling and studies of benthic and pelagic life, as well as microbial processes in the permanently frigid subsurface sediments.
Field site: RV Dana, Greenland Sea
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