Reduced sea ice scouring in Svalbard has a positive effect om macroalgae growth and distribution,as well as intertidal biodiversity in general!
Sea ice is like a swiss cheese with lots of holes and spaces to hide and feed. Did you know that the sea ice host a whole range of small microscopic plants and animals??? Well, in the ACCES project we study these tiny critters which is so little known to science and the public.
The Arctic is sparsely populated with few settlements. To conduct science often requires long travels and heavy logistics. To involve locals to collect samples is highly valuable when studying the strong seasonal environment in the Arctic which changes particularly fast with global warming. Winters 2020 and 2021 Hilde Strøm and Sunniva Sorby, two ladies overwintering in a small trapper cabin in Svalbard, have collected sea ice cores and new important information on sea ice biology for the ACCES project.
Photo: Hilde Strøm.