The Vaigat Iceberg - Microbial Oil degradation and Archaeological heritage investigation (VIMOA)
Fieldwork / Study
Geolocation is 70.287263857812, -53.26171875
Little is known about the impact of iceberg-driven mixing and nutrient upwelling on microbial dynamics and degradation of petroleum compounds in Arctic waters. Vaigat, Disko Bay, where active oil seepage occurs, provides an ideal location to study interactions between the increasing risk of oil spills and export of icebergs caused by climate change. The Vaigat Iceberg - Microbial Oil degradation and Archaeological heritage investigation (VIMOA) will investigate the potential for microbial degradation of hydrocarbons in Greenlandic coastal seawater and the impacts of icebergs on the horizontal and vertical distributions of hydrocarbons, nutrients, microbes, and phytoplankton. VIMOA, therefore, will address critical open questions in iceberg-ocean interactions, marine biogeochemistry, microbial oil degradation, and oil spill response. Additionally, VIMOA will document archaeological sites near the oil seeps to assess their state of preservation and the use of petroleum in early settlements.