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Comparability of slack water and Lagrangian flow respirometry methods for community metabolic measurements


Shaw, EC and Phinn, SR and Tilbrook, B and Steven, A, Comparability of slack water and Lagrangian flow respirometry methods for community metabolic measurements, PLoS One, 9, (11) Article e112161. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112161


Coral reef calcification is predicted to decline as a result of ocean acidification and other anthropogenic stressors. The majority of studies predicting declines based on in situ relationships between environmental parameters and net community calcification rate have been location-specific, preventing accurate predictions for coral reefs globally. In this study, net community calcification and production were measured on a coral reef flat at One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef, using Lagrangian flow respirometry and slack water methods. Net community calcification, daytime net photosynthesis and nighttime respiration were higher under the flow respirometry method, likely due to increased water flow relative to the slack water method. The two methods also varied in the degrees to which they were influenced by potential measurement uncertainties. The difference in the results from these two commonly used methods implies that some of the location-specific differences in coral reef community metabolism may be due to differences in measurement methods.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:calcium carbonate, dissolved organic matter, carbon dioxide, sea water
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Tilbrook, B (Dr Bronte Tilbrook)
ID Code:119176
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-07-27
Last Modified:2017-08-17
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