Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/292723
Title:
Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures
Authors:
Bulling, Mark T.; Hicks, Natalie; Murray, L.; Paterson, David M.; Raffaelli, D.; White, Piran C. L.; Solan, Martin
Abstract:
Anthropogenic activity is currently leading to dramatic transformations of ecosystems and losses of biodiversity. The recognition that these ecosystems provide services that are essential for human well-being has led to a major interest in the forms of the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship. However, there is a lack of studies examining the impact of climate change on these relationships and it remains unclear how multiple climatic drivers may affect levels of ecosystem functioning. Here, we examine the roles of two important climate change variables, temperature and concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, on the relationship between invertebrate species richness and nutrient release in a model benthic estuarine system. We found a positive relationship between invertebrate species richness and the levels of release of NH 4 -N into the water column, but no effect of species richness on the release of PO 4 -P. Higher temperatures and greater concen- trations of atmospheric carbon dioxide had a negative impact on nutrient release. Importantly, we found significant interactions between the climate variables, indicating that reliably predicting the effects of future climate change will not be straightforward as multiple drivers are unlikely to have purely additive effects, resulting in increased levels of uncertainty.
Citation:
Marine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures 2010, 365 (1549):2107 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Journal:
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue Date:
24-May-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/292723
DOI:
10.1098/rstb.2010.0022
Additional Links:
http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/cgi/doi/10.1098/rstb.2010.0022
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0962-8436; 1471-2970
Appears in Collections:
Biological Sciences Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorBulling, Mark T.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorHicks, Natalieen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMurray, L.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorPaterson, David M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorRaffaelli, D.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Piran C. L.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorSolan, Martinen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-24T08:45:57Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-24T08:45:57Z-
dc.date.issued2013-05-24-
dc.identifier.citationMarine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures 2010, 365 (1549):2107 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen_GB
dc.identifier.issn0962-8436-
dc.identifier.issn1471-2970-
dc.identifier.doi10.1098/rstb.2010.0022-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/292723-
dc.description.abstractAnthropogenic activity is currently leading to dramatic transformations of ecosystems and losses of biodiversity. The recognition that these ecosystems provide services that are essential for human well-being has led to a major interest in the forms of the biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationship. However, there is a lack of studies examining the impact of climate change on these relationships and it remains unclear how multiple climatic drivers may affect levels of ecosystem functioning. Here, we examine the roles of two important climate change variables, temperature and concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, on the relationship between invertebrate species richness and nutrient release in a model benthic estuarine system. We found a positive relationship between invertebrate species richness and the levels of release of NH 4 -N into the water column, but no effect of species richness on the release of PO 4 -P. Higher temperatures and greater concen- trations of atmospheric carbon dioxide had a negative impact on nutrient release. Importantly, we found significant interactions between the climate variables, indicating that reliably predicting the effects of future climate change will not be straightforward as multiple drivers are unlikely to have purely additive effects, resulting in increased levels of uncertainty.en_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/cgi/doi/10.1098/rstb.2010.0022en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen_GB
dc.titleMarine biodiversity-ecosystem functions under uncertain environmental futures-
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen_GB
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