Copepods in Fram Strait in summer: distribution, feeding and metabolism

S. L. Smith

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A summer study of zooplankton in the Fram Strait area of the Greenland Sea showed elevated abundances of herbivorous copepods in the marginal ice zone or ice-edge compared with copepod communities under the pack ice cover. Several physical factors contributed to this, including the large-scale current systems which deliver both North Atlantic and Arctic plankton to the ice-edge and the effect of melting ice and eddies in increasing primary productivity and standing stocks of phytoplankton. Abundances of female copepods at the ice-edge were largely a function of currents, while growth of juveniles was dependent on food supply which even at the ice-edge fell short of the calculated requirements of the dominant copepods. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-181
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Marine Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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  • Oceanography


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