BIOPOLE: Biogeochemical processes and nutrient cycling in polar fjord systems and their sensitivity to climate change

22 March 2024 | 13:30 - 17:00 (UK)

Open Session - HYBRID

Room: Nelson (St Leonards)

Organiser: Alanna Grant (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom)


BIOPOLE Meeting Agenda

Event Description:

The Polar Regions are experiencing some of the most rapidly changing environmental conditions in the world, and the impact of these changes on nutrient fluxes from land – and their export to the global oceans – is poorly understood. One major question in the BIOPOLE project is whether nutrient delivery from land-based sources is sensitive to climate change. If the balance of nutrients entering the sea changes in a warmer climate, then the impacts of climate change on polar marine ecosystems could be significant. BIOPOLE aims to determine how polar ecosystems regulate the balance of carbon and nutrients in the world’s oceans and improve our ability to quantify this export and identify its sensitivity to climate change. In this session from 13:30 to 15:30, we will discuss some of the initial results of our first land-based field campaign in the Arctic, which took place in Ny-Ålesund in July 2023. We will present results from metals analysis, dissolved greenhouse gases, algae experiments, and other biogeochemical properties. From 16:00-17:00, we will touch on previous research in Greenland and invite session members to discuss how BIOPOLE could contribute to research in Greenland in the future.