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D366/367 short-term responses of the cold water coral Lophelia Pertusa to ocean acidification

Title

Short-Term Responses of the Cold Water Coral Lophelia Pertusa to Ocean Acidification.

Author(s) Hennige S. (1); Wicks L. (1); Roberts J.M. (1)

(1) Heriot Watt University School of Life Sciences

Subject biota
Abstract

Cold-water corals are amongst the most three-dimensionally complex deep-sea habitats known and are associated with high local biodiversity. Despite their importance as ecosystem engineers, little is known about how these organisms will respond to projected ocean acidification. Since preindustrial times, average ocean pH has already decreased from 8.2 to ~ 8.1. Predicted CO2 emissions will decrease this by up to another 0.3 pH units by the end of the century. This decrease in pH may have a wide range of impacts upon marine life, and in particular upon calcifiers such as cold-water corals. Lophelia pertusa is the most widespread cold-water coral (CWC) species, frequently found in the North Atlantic. Data here relate to a short term data set (21 days) on metabolism and net calcification rates of freshly collected L. pertusa from Mingulay Reef Complex, Scotland. These data from freshly collected L. pertusa from the Mingulay Reef Complex will help define the impact of ocean acidification upon the growth, physiology and structural integrity of this key reef framework forming species. This dataset has been supplemented with derived carbonate chemistry parameters and given a different DOI. The supplemented data is available from 10.1594/PANGAEA.820339.

Temporal coverage June 2011 - July 2011
Spatial coverage Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
File format Delimited
Language English
Discovery metadata record Link to the related European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED) record
Publisher British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK
Publication date 13 November 2012
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) doi:10.5285/a931a96d-f08d-4e7d-af30-866f5e3e8fd8
Short DOI doi:10/mp9
Citation text Hennige S.; Wicks L.; Roberts J.M. (2012). Short-Term Responses of the Cold Water Coral Lophelia Pertusa to Ocean Acidification. British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK. doi:10/mp9.

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