Effect of ocean acidification on the benthic foraminifera Ammonia sp. is caused by a decrease in carbonate ion concentration

Keul, Nina, Langer, Gerald, de Nooijer, Lennart J. and Bijma, Jelle (2013) Effect of ocean acidification on the benthic foraminifera Ammonia sp. is caused by a decrease in carbonate ion concentration Biogeosciences (BG), 10 (10). pp. 6185-6198. DOI 10.5194/bg-10-6185-2013.

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Abstract

About 30% of the anthropogenically released CO2 is taken up by the oceans; such uptake causes surface ocean pH to decrease and is commonly referred to as ocean acidification (OA). Foraminifera are one of the most abundant groups of marine calcifiers, estimated to precipitate ca. 50 % of biogenic calcium carbonate in the open oceans. We have compiled the state of the art literature on OA effects on foraminifera, because the majority of OA research on this group was published within the last three years. Disparate responses of this important group of marine calcifiers to OA were reported, highlighting the importance of a process-based understanding of OA effects on foraminifera. We cultured the benthic foraminifer Ammonia sp. under a range of carbonate chemistry manipulation treatments to identify the parameter of the carbonate system causing the observed effects. This parameter identification is the first step towards a process-based understanding. We argue that [CO32−] is the parameter affecting foraminiferal size-normalized weights (SNWs) and growth rates. Based on the presented data, we can confirm the strong potential of Ammonia sp. foraminiferal SNW as a [CO32−] proxy.

Document Type: Article
Funder compliance: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/211384
Keywords: ocean acidification; foraminifera
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.5194/bg-10-6185-2013
ISSN: 1726-4170
Projects: BIOACID, EPOCA, MedSeA
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 12:40
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 12:40
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/22287

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