Seawater carbonate chemistry and copepod Centropages tenuiremis feeding, filtering and respiration rate during experiments, 2012, supplement to: Li, Wei; Gao, Kunshan (2012): A marine secondary producer respires and feeds more in a high CO2 ocean. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64(4), 699-703


Climate change mediates marine chemical and physical environments and therefore influences marine organisms. While increasing atmospheric CO2 level and associated ocean acidification has been predicted to stimulate marine primary productivity and may affect community structure, the processes that impact food chain and biological CO2 pump are less documented. We hypothesized that copepods, as the secondary marine producer, may respond to future changes in seawater carbonate chemistry associated with ocean acidification due to increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration. Here, we show that the copepod, Centropages tenuiremis, was able to perceive the chemical changes in seawater induced under elevated CO2 concentration (>1700 µatm, pH < 7.60) with avoidance strategy. The copepod's respiration increased at the elevated CO2 (1000 µatm), associated acidity (pH 7.83) and its feeding rates also increased correspondingly, except for the initial acclimating period, when it fed less. Our results imply that marine secondary producers increase their respiration and feeding rate in response to ocean acidification to balance the energy cost against increased acidity and CO2 concentration.

Metadata Access
Creator Gao, Kunshan;Li, Wei
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2012
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY)
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Discipline Earth System Research