Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.5010.1)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Porites growth, respiration, and photophysiology data in support of Edmunds 2012 Marine Biology, v159, 2149-2160

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.5010.1 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.5010

These data were generated from a one-time experiment in support of a coral ecophysiology manuscript; published in Marine Biology.

Edmunds (2012) Marine Biology 159: 2149-2160 doi:10.1007/s00227-012-2001-y

The hypothesis that was tested stated that high pCO2 (76.6 Pa and 87.2 Pa vs. 42.9 Pa) has no effect on the metabolism of juvenile massive Porites spp. after 11 days at 28 °C and 545 lmol quanta m-2 s-1. The response was assessed as aerobic dark respiration, skeletal weight (i.e., calcification), biomass, and chlorophyll fluorescence. Corals were collected from the shallow (3–4 m) back reef of Moorea, French Polynesia (17°28.6140 S, 149°48.9170 W), and experiments conducted during April and May 2011. An increase in pCO2 to 76.6 Pa had no effect on any dependent variable, but 87.2 Pa pCO2 reduced area-normalized (but not biomass-normalized) respiration 36 %, as well as maximum photochemical efficiency (Fv/Fm) of open RCIIs and effective photochemical efficiency of RCIIs in actinic light (DF/Fm0 ); neither biomass, calcification, nor the energy expenditure coincident with calcification (J g-1) was effected. These results do not support the hypothesis that high pCO2 reduces coral calcification through increased metabolic costs and, instead, suggest that high pCO2 causes metabolic depression and photochemical impairment similar to that associated with bleaching. Evidence of a pCO2 threshold between 76.6 and 87.2 Pa for inhibitory effects on respiration and photochemistry deserves further attention as it might signal the presence of unpredictable effects of rising pCO2.

Short Name: MarBio 2012 OA
Publication Date: 2014-02-24
Language: english
Time Period:
Detailed Data Description and Download:
Seawater temperature in the tanks in degrees celsius recorded daily.
Light intensity in the tanks as measured with a spherical (4-pi) light sensor.
Measured pH of tank seawater samples.
Measured seawater pCO2 (µatm) in the tanks.
Total Alkalinity
Measured seawater total alkalinity (TA) in the tanks
Aragonite saturation, Omega
Calculated saturation state of aragonite in the treatment tanks. Raw data in support of the last column of Table 1 in the manuscript.
Growth and Respiration
Respiration, calcification, and metabolic expenditure concurrent with the deposition of CaCO3, published in Fig. 1 of the paper.
Measured light and dark adapted fluorescence yield, F, Fm, and Fo, published in Fig. 3 of the paper.
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Edmunds, Peter (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Associate: Moriarty, Vincent (Moorea Coral Reef LTER)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Edmunds, P of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2014. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Porites growth, respiration, and photophysiology data in support of Edmunds 2012 Marine Biology, v159, 2149-2160. knb-lter-mcr.5010.1

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Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
Long-term Time Series, LTER, MCR
Institute, Organization, or Funding Agency California State University Northridge, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NSF, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, University of California Santa Barbara
French Polynesia, Moorea
Porites, Scleractinia, Scleractinian Coral
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Carbonate rocks, Coral Reefs, Corals, Lagoons, Marine environments, Polyps (organisms), Populations, Shallow water
LTER Core Research Area Disturbance
MCR Research Theme Ocean Acidification, Reef Resistance and Resilience
MCR-LTER Working Group Physiology of Corals

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