Workshop on the Impacts of Increasing Atmospheric CO2 on Coral Reefs and Other Marine Calcifiers
18-20 April 2005
Calcification rates of several major groups of marine calcifying organisms, from both neritic and pelagic environments, will very likely decrease in response to changes in ocean carbonate chemistry. Although benthic and planktonic calcifiers of both neritic and pelagic communities display a similar response to increased CO2 forcing, important differences exist between the two that will dictate different approaches toward assessing the larger potential effects of reduced calcification on ecosystem structure and function, how the effects could cascade to other ecosystems, and ultimately, the changes in the ocean carbon cycle. This 3-day workshop was designed to:
1. identify the similarities and differences between neritic and pelagic calcifying ecosystems; delineate the most important hypotheses within the overall question of “What are the ecological consequences of increasing atmospheric COon marine calcifying communities?”;
2. exchange ideas and technical advancements to maximize our ability to design efficient research studies in these environments;
3. discuss options for future study in the respective environments; e.g.:
4. provide guidance on moving forward in research and monitoring (prioritizing needs, recommending partnerships, capitalizing on existing efforts).
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This workshop was by invitation only. If you were a participant you can find detailed information and working material for the meeting under the internal pages. You were sent a user name and password with your invitation. If you have any questions concerning the webpage or the workshop, please contact the workshop coordinator at rhaacker at ucar.edu.