Report on limnological, biological and ecological observations of lakes on the Sôya Coast, East Antarctica

Sakae Kudoh*, Yukiko Tanabe, Takahiro Iiba, Megumu Tsujimoto, Mari Ogawa, Satoshi Imura

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Observations on the limnological properties, samplings of waters and bottom assemblages for biological and ecological studies, and some field experimental studies at several lakes in Sôya Coast ice-free areas, were carried out during the austral summer season in the 49th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE), 2007-2008. These studies were planned as one of the research projects named, "Studies on the changes of polar enviroments and ecosystems (P-3)" and the monitoring studies named "Monitoring for ecosystems (M-4)" during the 7th term of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Plans. Field studies were done from 22 December 2007 to 13 February 2008, while our Ice Breaker Shirase stayed at/near off Syowa Station. To clarify the relationships among seasonal changes of environmental factors and biological responses, frequent field observations were performed at Naga Ike, one of the freshwater lakes in the Skarvsnes icefree area. General limnological and biological samplings at the other lakes in the area (14 lakes near the Kizahasi Beach field base camp) were also done during the term. Observations and samplings distant from the base camp, four lakes in eastern Skarvsnes, a lake in Skallen, and three lakes in Langhovde, were also done using a helicopter for transportation. From Namazu Ike (temporary name) in eastern Skarvsnes, submersible video cameras were retrieved and so-called 'algal crest', benthic moss-algal assemblages, were sampled by scuba diving. Benthic copepods were sampled quantitatively from Nurume Ike in Langhovde. From Hyoga Ike (temporary name), a snow-dammed glacial lake which lost its water by recent breakage (during the JARE-46 wintering period), thin bio-film samples were collected from the present lake shore formerly part of the lake bed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-436
Number of pages16
JournalAntarctic Record
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Aquatic Science


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