Articles | Volume 13, issue 19
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5677-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5677-2016
Research article
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13 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 13 Oct 2016

Microbial dynamics in a High Arctic glacier forefield: a combined field, laboratory, and modelling approach

James A. Bradley, Sandra Arndt, Marie Šabacká, Liane G. Benning, Gary L. Barker, Joshua J. Blacker, Marian L. Yallop, Katherine E. Wright, Christopher M. Bellas, Jonathan Telling, Martyn Tranter, and Alexandre M. Anesio

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Soil development following glacier retreat was characterized using a novel integrated field, laboratory and modelling approach in Svalbard. We found community shifts in bacteria, which were responsible for driving cycles in carbon and nutrients. Allochthonous inputs were also important in sustaining bacterial production. This study shows how an integrated model–data approach can improve understanding and obtain a more holistic picture of soil development in an increasingly ice-free future world.
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