Plankton dynamics under different climate conditions in tropical freshwater systems (a reply to the comment by Sarmento, Amado & Descy, 2013)

Lisette N. De Senerpont Domis, James Elser, Alena S. Gsell, Vera L M Huszar, Bas W. Ibelings, Erik Jeppesen, Sarian Kosten, Wolf M. Mooij, Fabio Roland, Ulrich Sommer, Ellen van Donk, Monika Winder, Miquel Lürling

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

11 Scopus citations

Abstract

In our recent contribution to the special issue on plankton dynamics in a fast-changing world, we outlined some general predictions of plankton dynamics in different climate regions now and in future, building on the Plankton Ecology Group (PEG) model (de Senerpont Domis et al., 2013). We proposed a stylised version of plankton dynamics in Fig. 3 of our article and stated that these patterns need to be further elaborated. Our figure displays annual plankton dynamics now and in future in oligotrophic, mesotrophic and eutrophic lakes in arctic, temperate and tropical climate zones. We fully agree with Sarmento, Amado & Descy (2013) that more data on tropical regions are needed, and we are looking forward to the emergence of published data from tropical regions to extend our still-limited understanding of plankton dynamics in these regions. Sarmento et al. (2013) did not agree with our predictions on plankton dynamics for hydrology-driven water systems in the tropics. Unfortunately, however, Sarmento et al. (2013) did not substantiate their statements with the much-needed data on plankton dynamics in the tropics. Moreover, they merely provide an overview of precipitation patterns in the tropics, not an alternative hypothesis for our predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2211-2213
Number of pages3
JournalFreshwater Biology
Volume58
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • PEG model
  • Phytoplankton
  • Tropical limnology
  • Zooplankton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Plankton dynamics under different climate conditions in tropical freshwater systems (a reply to the comment by Sarmento, Amado & Descy, 2013)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    De Senerpont Domis, L. N., Elser, J., Gsell, A. S., Huszar, V. L. M., Ibelings, B. W., Jeppesen, E., Kosten, S., Mooij, W. M., Roland, F., Sommer, U., van Donk, E., Winder, M., & Lürling, M. (2013). Plankton dynamics under different climate conditions in tropical freshwater systems (a reply to the comment by Sarmento, Amado & Descy, 2013). Freshwater Biology, 58(10), 2211-2213. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.12203