Rates and drivers of Red Sea plankton community metabolism

Daffne Lopez Sandoval, Katherine Rowe, Paloma Carillo-de-Albonoz, Carlos M. Duarte, Susana Agusti

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Resolving the environmental drivers shaping planktonic communities is fundamental for understanding their variability, in the present and the future, across the ocean. More specifically, addressing the temperature-dependence response of planktonic communities is essential as temperature plays a key role in regulating metabolic rates and thus potentially defining the ecosystem functioning. Here we quantified plankton metabolic rates along the Red Sea, a uniquely oligotrophic and warm environment, and analysed the drivers that regulate gross primary production (GPP), community respiration (CR), and net community production (NCP). The study was conducted on six oceanographic surveys following a north–south transect along the Saudi Arabian coast. Our findings revealed that GPP and CR rates increased with increasing temperature (R2=0.41 and 0.19, respectively; p
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2983-2995
Number of pages13
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 2 2019

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): BAS/1/1071-01-01, BAS/1/1072-01-01, FCC/1/1973-21-01
Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements: The authors thank the editor and the reviewers for their thorough revision and constructive comments that helped to greatly improve the paper.


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