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The Vaigat Iceberg - Microbial Oil degradation and Archaeological heritage investigation (VIMOA)

General

Organisation
Program / partnership
Arctic Science Partnership (ASP)
Project start
21.07.2019
Project end
12.08.2019
Type of project
Research
Project theme
Bioscience
Project topic
Archaeology
Carbon
Contaminants
Environmental science
Geomicrobiology
Microbiology
Oil in sea ice
Phytoplankton
Primary production

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Disko Bay
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 70.287263857812, -53.26171875

Fieldwork start
22.07.2019
Fieldwork end
11.08.2019

Project details

31.10.2018
Science / project plan

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. 

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