Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs

The Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research program affords a unique opportunity to study the implications of ocean acidification (OA) for coral reefs, as ongoing ecological and physical monitoring there provides a context in which the patterns of community change attributed to OA can be det...

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Main Authors: Peter J. Edmunds, Robert C. Carpenter, Steeve Comeau
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: The Oceanography Society 2013-09-01
Series:Oceanography
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Online Access:http://tos.org/oceanography/archive/26-3_edmunds.pdf
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spelling doaj-664cd4013bd9489587e1c1b5f185de1c2020-11-25T02:03:30ZengThe Oceanography SocietyOceanography1042-82752013-09-0126314915210.5670/oceanog.2013.57Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs Peter J. EdmundsRobert C. CarpenterSteeve ComeauThe Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research program affords a unique opportunity to study the implications of ocean acidification (OA) for coral reefs, as ongoing ecological and physical monitoring there provides a context in which the patterns of community change attributed to OA can be detected. We used mesocosms to study the impacts of OA on corals and calcified algae, and conducted experiments to compare multiple species and evaluate how they are affected by changing concentrations of the different forms of dissolved inorganic carbon. Our results reveal taxonomic variation in the response to OA, with some corals and algae showing signs of resistance to OA conditions. This discovery is informing an urgent debate over the form in which coral reefs will survive (if at all) in the future. http://tos.org/oceanography/archive/26-3_edmunds.pdfLTERMoore Coral ReefMCR LTERocean acidificationcoral reefdissolved inorganic carbon
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Robert C. Carpenter
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Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs
Oceanography
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Moore Coral Reef
MCR LTER
ocean acidification
coral reef
dissolved inorganic carbon
author_facet Peter J. Edmunds
Robert C. Carpenter
Steeve Comeau
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title Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs
title_short Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs
title_full Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs
title_fullStr Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs
title_full_unstemmed Understanding the Threats of Ocean Acidification to Coral Reefs
title_sort understanding the threats of ocean acidification to coral reefs
publisher The Oceanography Society
series Oceanography
issn 1042-8275
publishDate 2013-09-01
description The Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research program affords a unique opportunity to study the implications of ocean acidification (OA) for coral reefs, as ongoing ecological and physical monitoring there provides a context in which the patterns of community change attributed to OA can be detected. We used mesocosms to study the impacts of OA on corals and calcified algae, and conducted experiments to compare multiple species and evaluate how they are affected by changing concentrations of the different forms of dissolved inorganic carbon. Our results reveal taxonomic variation in the response to OA, with some corals and algae showing signs of resistance to OA conditions. This discovery is informing an urgent debate over the form in which coral reefs will survive (if at all) in the future.
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Moore Coral Reef
MCR LTER
ocean acidification
coral reef
dissolved inorganic carbon
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