Retreating Arctic sea ice is expected to change the way the ocean interacts with the atmosphere, which will affect the Arctic ecosystems.
APEAR will help to understand how the sea ice decline and the longer summer season will change the pathways of nutrients which enter the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic and Pacific.
Another goal is to examine how the differences between parts of the Arctic ecosystem may change. We will combine in situ measurements from MOSAiC fieldwork with ultra-high-resolution computer modelling to quantify current and future changes in the Arctic ecosystems.
Dr Yevgeny Aksenov, lead investigator of the APEAR project:
Arctic sea ice decline is expected to increase the regional differences between parts of the Arctic ecosystem.
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Dr Yevgeny Aksenov
Co-lead investigator, National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Yevgeny Aksenov is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Oceanography Centre. He is co-lead investigator for APEAR, providing overall management and coordination of the project and leading sea ice and ocean modelling analysis. His research focuses on global modelling of ocean circulation and sea ice dynamics, and in implications for climate and impacts on sea ice and ocean. He is part of collaborative sea ice-ocean biogeochemical modelling studies.
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Dr Benjamin Rabe
Co-lead investigator, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)
Benjamin Rabe is a senior research scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany. Within APEAR, he leads the German part of the project with focus on fieldwork and analysis of observations. His current research is focused on upper Arctic Ocean large scale changes in freshwater, circulation, stratification and impacts on biogeochemistry and ecosystems.
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