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Pathways of organic matter and its implication for biodiversity and sustainable uses in the white sea

Objective

By joint sea-going and land-based research, including exchange of personnel between laboratories, origin, transportation, transformation and nutritional role of particulate organic matter (POM) will be investigated in the White Sea by 3 Russian and3 EU member state institutions. Special attention will be paid to sea ice communities and macro algal remainders as POM sources in this Arctic environment. Benthic POM decomposition in the permanently cold deep waters will be analysed also for hydrological assessments of deep-water renewal.
The role of POM in the food chains, including higher trophic levels (fish, birds), will be studied to explain biodiversity patterns. Together with results from examinations of local developments in uses of marine resources, the ecological baseline information from the project will be used to develop advisory scenarios for sustainable exploitation of the regional resources.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH
Address
Columbusstrasse
27515 Bremerhaven
Germany

Participants (6)

AABO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY
Finland
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
20500 Turku / Abo
GOETEBORG UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Kemivagen 10
412 96 Goeteborg
MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY
Russia
Address
Vorobiery Gory
119899 Moscow
P.P.SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
Nakhimovsky Ave. 36
117851 Moscow
UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
Askew Street
LL59 5EY Gwynedd
ZOOLOGICAL INSTITUTE - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
Universitetskaya Nab 1
199034 Sint Petersburg