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Ameliorating ocean acidification: towards a model relating pCO2, irradiance and leaf area index of Zostera marina (eelgrass) in Padilla Bay, WA
Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
  • Tyler Tran, Shannon Point Marine Ctr., United States
  • Brooke Love, Western Washington Univ., United States
  • Sylvia Yang, Western Washington Univ., United States
  • Cinde Donoghue, Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources, United States
Presentation Abstract

In nearshore, soft-sediment habitats of the Salish Sea, eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) meadows have been identified as potential mitigators of ocean acidification (OA) because their photosynthetic activity can decrease pCO2, increase pH and provide refuge for organisms sensitive to OA. The diurnal light cycle controls photosynthetic production of eelgrass and therefore, along with tidal cycles, exerts strong controls on variations in pCO2 in nearshore environment. In this study, we investigate the carbon uptake rates for eelgrass under varying light, ambient pCO2 conditions and eelgrass densities (leaf area index). The magnitude of changes predicted based on experimentally derived photosynthetic rates, measured light and water depth in Padilla Bay, WA compare well with observed variability in the field. The ambient pCO2 conditions we tested, however, did not appear to be a major control in carbon uptake rates for eelgrass. Combining lab, model, and field results will strengthen our understanding of the variability of OA in the nearshore environment and help shellfish managers understand the drivers of that variability and inform further studies of its effects, such as potential OA refuge for shellfish and other sensitive organisms.

Session Title
Ocean Acidification: Effects and Interactions with Organisms
Keywords
  • Ocean acidification,
  • Eelgrass,
  • Leaf area index,
  • PCO2
Conference Track
SSE5: Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, and Research
Conference Name
Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2018 : Seattle, Wash.)
Document Type
Event
SSEC Identifier
SSE5-107
Start Date
5-4-2018 3:45 PM
End Date
5-4-2018 4:00 PM
Type of Presentation
Oral
Contributing Repository
Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.
Geographic Coverage
Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)
Rights
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Type
text
Language
English
Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Tyler Tran, Brooke Love, Sylvia Yang and Cinde Donoghue. "Ameliorating ocean acidification: towards a model relating pCO2, irradiance and leaf area index of Zostera marina (eelgrass) in Padilla Bay, WA" (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brooke-love/15/