Meiofauna in sea ice of the Beaufort Gyre 2002 and 2003Entry ID: ArcOD_2006I1
Abstract: This data set contains the abundance of sea ice meiofauna with additional information on ice thickness, snow depth and chlorophyll concentration. We studied the abundance, biomass and potential ingestion rates of meiofauna in multi-year sea ice (MYI) of the Beaufort Gyre during two icebreaker expeditions in summers 2002 and 2003. Ice cores were taken at a total of ten stations and analyzed for ice ... temperature, salinity, chlorophyll a (Chl a), and ice meiofauna abundances. In 2002, ice was free of snow and covered with melt ponds. In 2003, snow still covered the ice and a slush-layer was found in the ice-water interface. The vertical distribution of Chl a mostly followed C-shaped curves with elevated concentrations at the bottom and top of the ice. Ice meiofauna was mainly restricted to the bottom 10 cm of the ice and was dominated by turbellarians, harpacticoid copepods and nematodes. The meiofauna abundances (range: 8–3,000 individuals m_2) and Chl a concentration (range: 0.1–1.7 mg Chl a m_2) were similar to estimates for MYI of the Transpolar Drift, but about 2 orders of magnitude below coastal fast first-year ice estimates. Calculated potential meiofaunal ingestion rate, based on allometric equations and volume estimates from the literature, was about 1% of published daily algal production rates and was thus unlikely to constrain algal biomass accumulation.
Purpose: We collected sea-ice cores and analyzed them for algal pigment concentration and meiofauna abundance in order to answer the following questions: (a) Has the sea-ice meiofauna disappeared from the Beaufort Sea ice, and if not (b) How does the meiofauna compare to coastal or offshore studies in terms of composition and abundance?
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Gradinger et al.
Dataset Title: Meiofauna in sea ice of the Beaufort Gyre 2002 and 2003
Dataset Series Name: Polar Biology
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Issue Identification: 171-184Online Resource: http://ak.aoos.org/ArcOD/data_table.php
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Start Date: 2002-08-13Stop Date: 2003-09-01
CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > ICE DEPTH/THICKNESS
CRYOSPHERE > SNOW/ICE > SNOW DEPTH
OCEANS > SEA ICE
OCEANS > SEA ICE > SNOW DEPTH
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > CRUSTACEANS > COPEPODS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > FLATWORMS/FLUKES/TAPEWORMS
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > PELAGIC HABITAT
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE HABITAT
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > CHLOROPHYLL
Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: Parameters were collected with the typical accuracies for such kind of studies.
LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: Samples were collected with consistent methodology on all stations. Same analyses were applied.
COMPLETENESS REPORT: Some metazoan taxa were not identified in detail and summarized as others.
HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: contact author, see also cruise reports
VERTICAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: contact author, see also cruise report
PROCESS DESCRIPTION: see methods, 1 student and several taxonomists
PROCESS DATE: 1991
Access Constraints No restrictions apply.
Use Constraints These data present a snapshot in time, but are representative for the location and depth where collected. Identification is done where applicable and known; different taxonomies might result into different species names. Information is not available on species level. Only higher taxonomic ranks were analysed.
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Distribution Format: MS Access Database
Phone: 1 907 474-7842
P.O.Box 757220 University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Province or State: Alaska
Postal Code: 99775-7220
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Fax: +01-907 4746967
Email: fhuettmann at alaska.edu
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Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775-7000
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: alicia.m.aleman at nasa.gov
Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
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Postal Code: 20771
Gradinger, R. 2005 Meiofaunae in the Seaice of Beaufort Gyre 2002 and 2003 Polar Biology 171-184
Graham, C. H., S. Ferrier, F. Huettmann, C. Moritz and A.T. Peterson 2004 New developments in museum-based informatics and applications in biodiversity analysis. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19:497-503
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DIF Creation Date: 2006-07-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-01-22