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What are Polynyas and why are they important to study?

Polynyas, are recurring areas of seasonally open water surrounded by ice.

Energy and material transfer between the atmosphere, polar surface ocean, and the deep sea in polynas provide polar ecosystems with just the right ingredients needed for high productivity and intense biogeochemical recycling.

Polynyas may be the key to understanding the future of Polar Regions since their extent is expected to increase with anthropogenic warming.