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Press Release 06-042

Bering Sea Ecosystem Responding to Changes in Arctic Climate

Effects could extend from base of food chain to native hunters

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Arctic ice conditions have major impacts on sea creatures and those who subsist on them.

Arctic ice conditions have major impacts on both the creatures who live on the sea bottom and the predators who subsist on them.

Credit: Peter West, National Science Foundation


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Jackie Grebmeier prepares sediment samples taken from Arctic waters.

Jackie Grebmeier, an NSF-funded researcher at the University of Tennesee, prepares sediment samples taken from Arctic waters as part of the Western Shelf-Basin Interactions research project.

Credit: Peter West, National Science Foundation


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Instruments sample such factors as salinity and temperature of Arctic waters.

CDTs, such as this one deployed by researchers on the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy sample such factors as salinity and temperature of Arctic waters.

Credit: Peter West, National Science Foundation


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Small bottom-dwelling creatures such as these form the base of the Arctic food chain.

Small bottom-dwelling creatures such as these form the base of the Arctic food chain.

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Much of the research was conducted aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Much of the research into changes in the Bering Sea was conducted cooperatively with Canadian scientists aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Credit: Jackie Grebmeier, University of Tennessee


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