KOSMOS 2014 mesocosm study: mesozooplankton abundances


Using a mesocosm approach, we investigated ocean acidification effects on a subtropical zooplankton community during oligotrophic, bloom, and post-bloom phases under a range of different pCO2 levels (from ~400 to ~1480 µatm). To do that, we simulated an upwelling event by adding 650 m-depth nutrient-rich water to the mesocosms, which initiated a phytoplankton bloom. The most abundant mesozooplankters were calanoid copepods, which did not respond to CO2 treatments during the oligotrophic phase of the experiment but were found in higher abundance under medium- and high-pCO2 conditions towards the end of the experiment, most likely as a response to increased phyto- and microzooplankton standing stocks. The second most abundant mesozooplankton taxon were appendicularians, which did not show a response to the different pCO2 treatments. Overall, CO2 effects on zooplankton seem to be primarily transmitted through significant CO2 effects on phytoplankton and therefore indirect pathways.

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.887133
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.887283
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00061
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.887133
Creator Algueró-Muñiz, Maria; Lischka, Silke; Spisla, Carsten
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2018
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 2669 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-15.365 LON, 27.928 LAT); Subtropical North Atlantic
Temporal Coverage Begin 2014-09-28T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2014-11-26T00:00:00Z