Antarctic Record (Nov 1994)

A review of the coastal marine ecosystem research at Syowa Station, Antarctica

  • Takao Hoshiai

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 38, no. 3
pp. 243 – 251


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Results of marine biological research on the coastal marine ecosystem in the Syowa Station area (69°00′S, 39°35′E) in conjunction with BIOMASS are reviewed. This research aimed at the collection of year-round information on the basic elements in the ecosystem of the region in the 1982-84 winters. General information on the ecology of bacteria, phytoplankton, ice algae and zooplankton; sinking and decomposing processes of organic particulates produced; overwintering strategy of krill; and ecology of benthos is given. Based on the above investigations, some research topics for a recently proposed international program, "Coastal and Shelf Studies in the Ecology of the Antarctic Sea Ice Zone" were suggested.