Benthic diatoms of a high Arctic fjord ( Young Sound , NE Greenland ) : importance for ecosystem primary production

  title={Benthic diatoms of a high Arctic fjord ( Young Sound , NE Greenland ) : importance for ecosystem primary production},
  author={Ronnie N\ohr Glud and Michael K{\"u}hl and Frank Wenzh{\"o}fer and S Rysgaard},
Patches of benthic diatoms covered 23 to 73% of the sediment area at water depths down to 30 m of a high Arctic fjord system (Young Sound, NE Greenland). Mapping of the in situ chlorophyll (chl a) fluorescence by a pulse amplitude modulated (PAM) fluorometer demonstrated the presence of diatom-covered sediment patches with a characteristic size scale of 5 to 8 m. The benthic diatoms were well adapted to the ambient irradiance as demonstrated by in situ measurements of the relative electron… CONTINUE READING
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