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Status and trends in the structure of Arctic benthic food webs
Kędra, M.; Moritz, C.; Choy, E.S.; David, C.; Degen, R.; Duerksen, S.; Ellingsen, I.; Górska, B.; Grebmeier, J.M.; Kirievskaya, D.; van Oevelen, D.; Piwosz, K.; Samuelsen, A.; We? slawski, J.M. (2015). Status and trends in the structure of Arctic benthic food webs. Pol. Res. 34: 23775.
In: Polar Research. Norsk Polarinstitutt = Norwegian Polar Institute: Oslo. ISSN 0800-0395; e-ISSN 1751-8369, more
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Author keywords
    Arctic; food web; climate change; sea-ice retreat; trophic transfer; pelagic-benthic coupling

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  • Kędra, M.
  • Moritz, C.
  • Choy, E.S.
  • David, C.
  • Degen, R.
  • Duerksen, S.
  • Ellingsen, I.
  • Górska, B.
  • Grebmeier, J.M.
  • Kirievskaya, D.
  • van Oevelen, D., more
  • Piwosz, K.
  • Samuelsen, A.
  • We? slawski, J.M.

    Ongoing climate warming is causing a dramatic loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, and it is projected that the Arctic Ocean will become seasonally ice-free by 2040. Many studies of local Arctic food webs now exist, and with this review paper we aim to synthesize these into a large-scale assessment of the current status of knowledge on the structure of various Arctic marine food webs and their response to climate change, and to sea-ice retreat in particular. Key drivers of ecosystem change and potential consequences for ecosystem functioning and Arctic marine food webs are identified along the sea-ice gradient, with special emphasis on the following regions: seasonally ice-free Barents and Chukchi seas, loose ice pack zone of the Polar Front and Marginal Ice Zone, and permanently sea-ice covered High Arctic. Finally, we identify knowledge gaps in different Arctic marine food webs and provide recommendations for future studies

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