[en] Antarctic ; Arctic ; Microbiology ; Ecological ; Global Change ; International Polar Year
[en] An integrated program, ‘‘Microbiological and ecological responses to global environmental changes in polar regions’’ (MERGE), was proposed in the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007e2008 and endorsed by the IPY committee as a coordinating proposal. MERGE hosts original proposals to the IPYand facilitates their funding. MERGE selected three key questions to produce
scientific achievements. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms in terrestrial, lacustrine, and supraglacial habitats were targeted according to diversity and biogeography; food webs and ecosystem evolution; and linkages between biological, chemical, and physical processes in the supraglacial biome.