(Table 1) Abundance of unicellular eukaryotes in ice cores collected during the July 2008 CCGS Amundsen cruise in Darnley Bay


Influence of methanogenic populations in Holocene lacustrine sediments revealed by clone libraries and fatty acid biogeochemistry.Biological characteristics of ice-associated algal communities were studied in Darnley Bay (western Canadian Arctic) during a 2-week period in July 2008 when the landfast ice cover had reached an advanced stage of melt. We found two distinct and separate algal communities: (1) an interior ice community confined to brine channel networks beneath white ice covers; and (2) an ice melt water community in the brackish waters of both surface melt ponds and the layer immediately below the ice cover. Both communities reached maximum chlorophyll a concentrations of about 2.5 mg/m**3, but with diatoms dominating the interior ice while flagellates dominated the melt water community. The microflora of each community was diverse, containing both unique and shared algal species, the latter suggesting an initial seeding of the ice melt water by the bottom ice community. Absorption characteristics of the algae indicated the presence of mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) and carotenoid pigments as a photoprotective strategy against being confined to high-light near-surface layers. Although likely not contributing substantially to total annual primary production, these ice-associated communities may play an important ecological role in the Arctic marine ecosystem, supplying an accessible and stable food source to higher trophic levels during the period of ice melt.

Data extracted in the frame of a joint ICSTI/PANGAEA IPY effort, see http://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.150150

Supplement to: Mundy, Christopher John; Gosselin, Michel; Ehn, Jens K; Belzile, Claude; Poulin, Michel; Alou, Eva; Roy, Suzanne; Hop, Haakon; Lessard, Sylvie; Papakyriakou, Tim N; Barber, David G; Stewart, Jeremy (2011): Characteristics of two distinct high-light acclimated algal communities during advanced stages of sea ice melt. Polar Biology, 34(12), 1869-1886

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.817323
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-011-0998-x
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.817323
Creator Mundy, Christopher John
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2011
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
OpenAccess true
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 818 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-123.650W, 69.815S, -123.633E, 69.825N); Amundsen Gulf, Canada
Temporal Coverage Begin 2008-06-08T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2008-06-18T00:00:00Z