Effects of UV-radiation on macroalgae of the Kongsfjorden

Updated 2002-02-12

Photoinhibition of photosynthesis by UV radiation, the formation of UV-screening pigments, DNA damage by UV radiation as well as DNA repair mechanisms will be determined in marine macroalgae of the Kongsfjord. Moreover, algae from different water depths will be transplanted by divers into areas with opposite light climate or covered by UV-screening filters and their physiological reactions tested. Additionally, the susceptability of the unicellular algal spores to UV-radiation will be tested. The results will allow insights into the effect of UV and photosynthetically active radiation on the zonation of macrocalgae and on the structure of phytobenthic communities. The data will be used to model the effects of increased of UV-radiation due to stratospheric ozone depletion on the Kongsfjord phytobenthic communities.

Time frame

Project time span
1991 - 2050
Data collection
1991 -
Data processing
1991 -
Data reporting
1991 -

Contact information

Contact person
Christian Wiencke
Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research Columbusstrasse D-27568 Bremerhaven
+49 471 4831 1338
+49 471 4831 1425

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
UV effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)
Marine benthos


Regions studied
UV effects
UV 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

Prof. Dr. Clayton, Department of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australien Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten, Universität Rostock Dr. José Aguilera, Universidad de Málaga, Spanien Dr. H. Tüg, AWI

Other related projects

UV-A/UV-B measurements (project number 247)

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