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Meiofauna in sea ice of the Beaufort Gyre 2002 and 2003
Entry ID: ArcOD_2006I1

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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 ... View entire text

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?
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 78.7   S: 72.28   E: -136.53   W: -164.09

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: 171-184
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-08-13
Stop Date: 2003-09-01
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CORING DEVICES Ancillary Description
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

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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Fax: (732) 932-8578
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Postal Code: 08901-8521
Country: USA
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Distribution Format: MS Access Database
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Phone: 1 907 474-7842
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University of Alaska-Fairbanks
City: Fairbanks
Province or State: Alaska
Postal Code: 99775-7220
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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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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-07-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23