Articles | Volume 15, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 15, 4849–4869, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 4849–4869, 2018

Research article 16 Aug 2018

Research article | 16 Aug 2018

Deep-sea benthic communities and oxygen fluxes in the Arctic Fram Strait controlled by sea-ice cover and water depth

Ralf Hoffmann et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (24 Apr 2018) by Tina Treude
AR by Ralf Hoffmann on behalf of the Authors (28 May 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 Jun 2018) by Tina Treude
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (12 Jul 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (18 Jul 2018) by Tina Treude
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (02 Aug 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Aug 2018) by Tina Treude
Short summary
Our study links surface sea-ice cover and benthic oxygen fluxes in the Fram Strait via primary production, food supply, benthic community, and their functions. We show that sea-ice cover and water depth are the most important factors influencing the ecosystem. However, in water depths > 1500 m, the effect of sea ice fades out. Further, we discuss primary production and benthic remineralization patterns and developed a potential scenario for the benthic remineralization in a future Arctic Ocean.
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