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Initiating North Atlantic Benthos Monitoring (INAMon)


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Marine ecosystems
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Greenland, South-West
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Geolocation is 60.335286100181, -45.5712890625

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In this project a network of benthos specialists from Greenland, Iceland, Faroes, Norway, Canada, United Kingdom and Russia has identified  some  minimum  standards  for  benthos mapping and monitoring  that  1)  are  realistic  to  be  implemented  given  the  logistical,  scientific  and economical  settings  within  each  country  in  the  Arctic-Atlantic,  2)  will  provide  a description  of  key  components  in  benthos  fauna  communities,  3)  has  the  potential  to document  large-scale  and  long-term  trends  in  benthic  indicators  in  relation  to  climate, trawling, oil exploitation and other potential anthropogenic and natural drivers.

A standardized protocol is implemented in Greenland waters onboard Greenland Institute of Natural Resources’ research vessel, Paamiut in collaboration with INAMon partners.

The standard program is followed up by more targeted and specialized studies with focus on food webs, species distribution modelling, physiology, genetics, production and carbon turnover, habitat mapping, taxonomy and others. 

The INAMon network and “Expert Exchange Program” is a platform for knowledge sharing and –building with the overall objective to create a common Arctic-Atlantic knowledge base acting as a stepping stone to establish actual long-term monitoring programs across the Arctic-Atlantic region.

Fieldwork region: West Greenland, Southwest Greenland, Southeast Greenland

Fieldwork location: Ship based survey with RV Paamiut in shelf and slope regions from 60 to 73°N

Publications related to project
  • CAFF. 2017. State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri Iceland.
  • Gougeon S, Kemp KM, Blicher ME, & Yesson C (2017) Mapping and classifying the seabed of the West Greenland continental shelf. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 187:231-240. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2017.01.009
  • Birk MH (2017) Visual ecology of starfish. University of Copenhagen. Master thesis, 56pp
  • Yesson C, Fisher J, Gorham T, Turner CJ, Hammeken N, Blicher ME, Kemp KM, (2016) The impact of trawling on the epibenthic megafauna of the West Greenland shelf. ICES J. Mar. Sci. DOI:
  • Yesson C, Simon P, Chemshirova I, Gorham T, Turner CJ, Hammeken Arboe N, Blicher ME & Kemp KM (2015) Community composition of epibenthic megafauna on the West Greenland Shelf. Polar Biology 38(12):2085-2096, DOI 10.1007/s00300-015-1768-y
  • Blicher ME, Hammeken Arboe N, Jørgensen LL, Burmeister A, Gudmundson G, Olafsdottir SH, Sørensen J, Kenchington E and Archambault P (2015) Development of minimum standards for long-term monitoring of marine bottom-living fauna communities in the Arctic-Atlantic: Pilot study in Greenland. Technical Report nr. 94, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland. ISBN 87-91214-71-8, ISSN 1397-3657. 39 pp.
  • Jørgensen LL, Blicher ME, Gudmundsen G, Sørensen J (2013) The Atlantic Gateway: proposal of a standardized long-term monitoring of benthos. Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program – Marine Benthos Expert Network. CAFF Monitoring Series no. 9, October 2013