Articles | Volume 16, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 16, 3777–3792, 2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 3777–3792, 2019

Research article 02 Oct 2019

Research article | 02 Oct 2019

Seasonal and spatial patterns of primary production in a high-latitude fjord affected by Greenland Ice Sheet run-off

Johnna M. Holding et al.

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Phytoplankton sustain important fisheries along the coast of Greenland. However, climate change is causing severe melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and continued melting has the potential to alter fjord ecosystems. We investigate how freshwater from the ice sheet is impacting the environment of one fjord in northeast Greenland, causing a low production of phytoplankton. This fjord may be a model for how some fjord ecosystems will be altered following increased melting and glacial retreat.
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