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Inter-seasonal Variabilities in an Arctic Fjord: The Kongsfjorden System as a Natural Laboratory for Climate Change

Introduction The Kongsfjorden, a 25 km long and 5-10 km wide glacial fjord on the north-west coast of Svalbard is an established reference site for Arctic marine studies with great potential for international, multidisciplinary collaboration due to the presence of the international research platform in Ny-Ålesund (78o55' N, 11o56' E). Because Kongsfjorden receives variable Arctic/Atlantic climatic signals between years with measurable effects on the physical and biological systems, it functions as a climate indicator on a local scale. Kongsfjorden is...

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