As part of the Marine Night project and in connection with the polar night cruises organised by Arctos and UiT during the last successive four winters, Stig Falk-Petersen and colleges have recently published a paper on the connection between the distribution of Bowheads, climate change and oceanographic processes typical for periods with little sea ice. The title of the work is “At the Rainbow end”, and deals with the massive upwelling processes dominating the Arctic shelf regions that are only able to occur during periods of reduced ice cover. The main hypothesis of the paper is that this upwelling fuel a increased primary and secondary production, and literately that this was the very basis for the existence of the large populations of bowheads that once dominated the Whalers Bay region north of Svalbard. Read more about the findings both in the original scientific paper and through links to various media coverage of the work:

 

Original paper (Polar Biology 2014, open access): At the rainbows end 

Framsenter: Grønlandskvalens mat er tilbake

Forskning.no: Grønlandshvalens mat er tilbake

Aftenposten innsikt (online): Lokkes tilbake til matfatet / PDF

ScienceNordic: The ice retreats  - whale food returns

Svalbardposten nr 9 - 18 may 2014: Ny vår for havets kjempe (PDF)

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