Communities of microscopic algae and other single-celled organisms, as well as the larger ice fauna, dwell in the saltwater-filled pores and channels of sea ice

LifeLinkedtoIce Communities of microscopic algae

As sea ice forms, droplets of water with high salt content form and these join into narrow “brine channels” that riddle the ice.
Based on Krembs and Deming 2011 [100] 


Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) 

The data can be downloaded freely. Users are requested to reference the source.

Eamer, J., Donaldson, G.M., Gaston, A.J., Kosobokova, K.N., Lárusson, K.F., Melnikov, I.A., Reist, J.D., Richardson, E., Staples, L., von Quillfeldt, C.H. 2013. Life Linked to Ice: A guide to sea-ice-associated biodiversity in this time of rapid change. CAFF Assessment Series No. 10. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Iceland. ISBN: 978-9935-431-25-7.



100. Krembs, C., and Deming, J. 2011. Sea ice: a refuge for life in polar seas? Arctic theme page. NOAA. Available from


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