Succession of benthic communities in polar environments, benthic resilience in polar environments: A comparison

Updated 2002-02-13

Succession of communities and individual growth of benthic invertebrates are more or less unknown in polar waters, but nevertheless are the basic parameters of understanding the benthic sub-ecosystem, delivering data for modelling and prediction of the system´s development. Three localities, two in the Antarctic and one in the Arctic, the Kongsfjord in Spitsbergen, have been choosen as investigation localities. Hard and soft substrates, which will be sampled in regular intervalls during the duration of the project, will be deployed at different depths. The analysis includes species composition, species growth and, with respect to soft substrates, sediment parameters.

Time frame

Project time span
1999 - 2050
Data collection
1999 -
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Wolf Arntz
Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research Columbusstrasse 27568 Bremerhaven
+49 471 4831 1300
+49 471 4831 1149
Other project contacts
Jürgen Laudien,

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine benthos


Regions studied
Biological effects
Biological effects

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina

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