Objective of "Marine Night"

The primary objective of this project is to achieve a basic understanding of Arctic biodiversity and food web structure during the Arctic polar night, and how reproduction, growth, trophic interactions, and life-history traits during this nearly unstudied time contribute to functioning of Arctic ecosystems.
The project is divided into four Units, of which the first entails synthesis of knowledge from ongoing projects. The second Unit is devoted to exploration and mapping of patterns and processes that govern the marine habitat during the polar night, first of all the biodiversity, structure and function of benthic food chains. The third Unit is composed of case studies in which effects of climate change are at the core, and which will draw upon the knowledge provided through Units 1 and 2. By focusing on Svalbard and adjacent waters and the specific adaptations and biology of key organisms living there, we thereby aim at answering important research questions that together will enhance our ability to understand polar systems at a pan-Arctic scale. The fourth Unit is exclusively devoted to data management, communication, and outreach, creating added value by linking a large portfolio of research projects. Through these projects we synthesise processes across the cryosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, and as such, integrate our project in an Earth System Science (ESS) perspective.

Project leader and responsible for the content of the Marine Night page: Jørgen Berge

The Mare Incognitum projects are members of the ARCTOS research network

The Mare Incognitum web pages are maintained by Marine Night technician Daniel Vogedes, UiT.

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