Benthic fauna in the Kongsfjorden, Svalbard

Updated 2000-10-23

Investigation of benthic faunal communities for: taxon distribution/ biodiversity mapping; examination of effects of glacial and physical disturbance on community structure; relation between faunal structure and sediment contaminants.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:

Emphasis on biomass as well as numerical abundance Part of large-scale project sponsored by the Norwegian research Council on climate effects.

Time frame

Project time span
1997 - 2001
Data collection
1997 - 2000
Data processing
2000 - 2001
Data reporting
2001 - 2001

Contact information

Contact person
Sabine J. Cochrane
Akvaplan-niva Polar Environmental Centre 9296 Tromsø Norway
+47 777 50300 / 50327 (dir)
+47 777 50301
Other project contacts
Salve Dahle Akvaplan-niva Polar Environmental Centre 9296 Tromsø Norway

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine sediments


Regions studied
Marine TDC
Stations or areas where observations are made

Station no. Name Latitude Longitude St. 0 Kongsfjorden 79 °02,2` N 11 ° 08,0` E St. 1 Kongsfjorden 79 °00,9` N 11 ° 23,0` E St. 3 Kongsfjorden 78 °56,7` N 11 ° 57,0` E St. 4 Kongsfjorden 78 °55,0` N 12 ° 07` E St. 5 Kongsfjorden 78 °53,7` N 12 ° 28,2` E

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Marine TDC
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Data are planned incorporated into a joint publication with the Polish Institute of Oceanology. Working Title (authors in alphabetical order): Cochrane, S.J., S. Dahle, T.H. Pearson, J.M. Weslawski & M. Wodarska-Kowalczuk. Benthic fauna in the Kongsfjorden - clues and challenges for interpreting an unstable environment.
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Specimens are stored at Akvaplan-niva. All taxa are individually bottled per sample replicate and stored in 70-80% ethanol for an unlimited period.

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Sampling procedures and processing of biological samples are carried out in accordance with Norwegian Standard NS9423 and the relevant ICES, JAMP/OSPARCOM & HELCOM guidelines.

QA/QC Information (what QA/QC procedures are implemented, laboratories involvment in QA/QC activities, model verification/validation routines, etc.)

All samples processed at Akvaplan-niva's biological laboratory. Norwegian accreditation rules and quality assurance procedures enforced.

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

Polish Institute of Oceanology. Contact person Jan Marcin Weslawski

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Currently reporting to Norwegian Polar Institute, who report on entire (climate and ecosystem-related) project to Norwegian research Council.

Other related projects

Directly related to contaminant analyses reported in Akvaplan-niva project " Contaminants in Marine Sediments" (same sampling stations). Previously registered with AMAP.

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