Possible effects of ocean acidification on coral reef biogeochemistry: topics for research

This paper is a short review of recent literature on how ocean acidification may influence coral reef organisms and coral reef communities. We argue that it is unclear as to how, and to what extent, ocean acidification will influence calcium carbonate calcification and dissolution, and affect changes in community structure of present-day coral reefs. It is critical to evaluate the extent to which the metabolism of present-day reefs is influenced by mineral saturation states, and to determine a threshold saturation state at which coral communities cease to function as reefs.

Atkinson M. J. & Cuet P., 2008. Possible effects of ocean acidification on coral reef biogeochemistry: topics for research. Marine Ecology Progress Series 373:249-256. Article (subscription required).

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