Trends in the timing of peak phytoplankton blooms in the Arctic Ocean, 1979–2009

LifeLinkedtoIce Phytoplankton blooms

The rate of change is very rapid at some locations. For example, the peak algal bloom occurred in early September in Foxe Basin and in the Kara Sea in the mid-1990s but had shifted to mid-July by 2009, a change of about 50 days.
Source: Kahru et al. 2011 [214]


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.



214. Kahru, M., Brotas, V., Manzano-Sarabia, M., and Mitchell, B.G. 2011. Are phytoplankton blooms occurring earlier in the Arctic? Global Change Biology 17(4): 1733-1739. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02312.x.


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