The metabolic regimes of flowing waters

Limnology and Oceanography
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The processes and biomass that characterize any ecosystem are fundamentally constrained by the total amount of energy that is either fixed within or delivered across its boundaries. Ultimately, ecosystems may be understood and classified by their rates of total and net productivity and by the seasonal patterns of photosynthesis and respiration. Such understanding is well developed for terrestrial and lentic ecosystems but our understanding of ecosystem phenology has lagged well behind for rivers. The proliferation of reliable and inexpensive sensors for monitoring dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide is underpinning a revolution in our understanding of the ecosystem energetics of rivers. Here, we synthesize our current understanding of the drivers and constraints on river metabolism, and set out a research agenda aimed at characterizing, classifying and modeling the current and future metabolic regimes of flowing waters.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The metabolic regimes of flowing waters
Series title Limnology and Oceanography
DOI 10.1002/lno.10726
Volume 63
Issue S1
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Contributing office(s) National Research Program - Eastern Branch, John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis
Description 20 p.
First page S99
Last page S118
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