Status and trends in the structure of Arctic benthic food webs

  • Monika Kędra
  • Charlotte Moritz
  • Emily S. Choy
  • Carmen David
  • Renate Degen
  • Steven Duerksen
  • Ingrid Ellingsen
  • Barbara Górska
  • Jacqueline M. Grebmeier
  • Dubrava Kirievskaya
  • Dick van Oevelen
  • Kasia Piwosz
  • Annette Samuelsen
  • Jan Marcin Węsławski
Keywords: Arctic, food web, climate change, sea-ice retreat, trophic transfer, pelagic-benthic coupling


Ongoing climate warming is causing a dramatic loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, and it is projected that the Arctic Ocean will become seasonally ice-free by 2040. Many studies of local Arctic food webs now exist, and with this review paper we aim to synthesize these into a large-scale assessment of the current status of knowledge on the structure of various Arctic marine food webs and their response to climate change, and to sea-ice retreat in particular. Key drivers of ecosystem change and potential consequences for ecosystem functioning and Arctic marine food webs are identified along the sea-ice gradient, with special emphasis on the following regions: seasonally ice-free Barents and Chukchi seas, loose ice pack zone of the Polar Front and Marginal Ice Zone, and permanently sea-ice covered High Arctic. Finally, we identify knowledge gaps in different Arctic marine food webs and provide recommendations for future studies.


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Kędra, M., Moritz, C., Choy, E. S., David, C., Degen, R., Duerksen, S., Ellingsen, I., Górska, B., Grebmeier, J. M., Kirievskaya, D., van Oevelen, D., Piwosz, K., Samuelsen, A., & Węsławski, J. M. (2015). Status and trends in the structure of Arctic benthic food webs. Polar Research, 34. Retrieved from
Thematic Cluster: The Arctic in Rapid Transition - Marine Ecosystems

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