MEPS 373:249-256 (2008)  -  doi:10.3354/meps07867

Contribution to the Theme Section ‘Effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems’

 

Possible effects of ocean acidification on coral reef biogeochemistry: topics for research

Marlin J. Atkinson1,*, Pascale Cuet2

1University of Hawaii, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, PO Box 1346, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, USA
2Université de la Réunion, Laboratoire d’Ecologie Marine (ECOMAR), 15 Avenue René Cassin, BP 7151,
97715 Saint-Denis, Messag Cedex 9, France

ABSTRACT: This paper is a short review of recent literature on how ocean acidification may influence coral reef organisms and coral reef communities. We argue that it is unclear as to how, and to what extent, ocean acidification will influence calcium carbonate calcification and dissolution, and affect changes in community structure of present-day coral reefs. It is critical to evaluate the extent to which the metabolism of present-day reefs is influenced by mineral saturation states, and to determine a threshold saturation state at which coral communities cease to function as reefs.


KEY WORDS: Ocean acidification · Climate change · Coral reefs · Biogeochemistry


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Cite this article as: Atkinson MJ, Cuet P (2008) Possible effects of ocean acidification on coral reef biogeochemistry: topics for research. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 373:249-256

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