Trajectories of Marine Ecosystem Response to Arctic Climate Change: A Barents-Bering Sea Comparison

Updated 2000-10-05

Multi-institutional, international cooperative project to determine the possible responses of Arctic marine communities to future global climate change by comparing retrospective patterns in benthic composition and distributions to past climatic events in the Barents and Bering Seas.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2000 - 2002
Data collection
2000 - 2001
Data processing
2000 - 2002
Data reporting
2001 - 2002

Contact information

Contact person
JoLynn Carroll
Akvaplan-niva AS Polar Environmental Centre N-9296 Tromsø Norway
+47 77 75 03 14
+47 77 75 03 01
Other project contacts
Michael L. Carroll (

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine benthos
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

A long-term time-series of benthic information are being collected and quality-controlled for further use in this project. The data are from thousands of stations in the Barents and Bering Seas spanning across the past century


Regions studied
Climate change effects
Climate change effects
Climate change effects
Climate change effects
Climate change effects

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Carroll, J., Carroll, M., Highsmith, R., Konar, B., Protushinsky, A., Sirenko, B., Denisenko, S. Trajectories of marine ecosystem response to arctic climate change: a Barents-Bering Sea comparison. Polar Research (submitted).
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

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.

1) structure and distributions of definable communities/associations and/or biotopes 2) multivariate analyses carried out on composite data sets from groups of areas and from the region as a whole

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

Institute of Marine Science and Global Undersea Research Unit; Fairbanks Alaska USA Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences; St. Petersburg Russia Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (MMBI); Murmansk, Russia

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

International Arctic Research Center (IARC) and Cooperative Institute For Arctic Research (CIFAR), Fairbanks, Alaska USA

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