Woelfel, Jana, Schumann, Rhena, Peine, Florian, Flohr, Anita, Kruss, Aleksandra, Tegowski, Jaroslaw, Blondel, Philippe, Wiencke, Christian and Karsten, Ulf (2010) Microphytobenthos of Arctic Kongsfjorden (Svalbard, Norway): biomass and potential primary production along the shore line. Polar Biology, 33 (9). pp. 1239-1253. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-010-0813-0.

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During summer 2007, Arctic microphytobenthic potential primary production was measured at several stations around the coastline of Kongsfjorden (Svalbard, Norway) at ≤5 m water depth and at two stations at five different water depths (5, 10, 15, 20, 30 m). Oxygen planar optode sensor spots were used ex situ to determine oxygen exchange in the overlying water of intact sediment cores under controlled light (ca. 100 μmol photons m−2 s−1) and temperature (2–4°C) conditions. Patches of microalgae (mainly diatoms) covering sandy sediments at water depths down to 30 m showed high biomass of up to 317 mg chl a m−2. In spite of increasing water depth, no significant trend in “photoautotrophic active biomass” (chl a, ratio living/dead cells, cell sizes) and, thus, in primary production was measured at both stations. All sites from ≤5 to 30 m water depth exhibited variable rates of net production from −19 to +40 mg O2 m−2 h−1 (−168 to +360 mg C m−2 day−1) and gross production of about 2–62 mg O2 m−2 h−1 (17–554 mg C m−2 day−1), which is comparable to other polar as well as temperate regions. No relation between photoautotrophic biomass and gross/net production values was found. Microphytobenthos demonstrated significant rates of primary production that is comparable to pelagic production of Kongsfjorden and, hence, emphasised the importance as C source for the zoobenthos.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Biogeochemistry and Geology > Carbon and Nutrient Cycling
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-010-0813-0
ISSN: 0722-4060
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 17:31
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:29
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/3013

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