Studying past Arctic ice melt to predict the future
In the late 20th century, the extent of Arctic sea ice was over 2 million square kilometres more than it is today. Sea ice cover in the Arctic has been decreasing steadily over recent decades and continues to do so. The EU-funded ICEPRINT project will design, test and apply new genetic proxies for reconstruction of past sea ice extent. An understanding of past variability is key to predicting the range of climate change impacts on the Earth system. As such, the identification of new reliable proxies for sea ice tops the list of challenges facing palaeoclimatology today. The project will apply classical taxonomy and DNA metabarcoding to study the vertical export of microalgae in the spring, after sea ice melt.
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