Heated aquatic microcosms for climate change experiments

McKee, Dermot and Atkinson, David and Collings, Sally and Eaton, John and Harvey, Ian and Hatton, Keith and Heyes, Tom and Wilson, Dave and Wolstenholme, Leander and Moss, Brian (2000) Heated aquatic microcosms for climate change experiments. Freshwater Forum, 14, pp. 51-58.

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Ponds and shallow lakes are likely to be strongly affected by climate change, and by increase in environmental temperature in particular. Hydrological regimes and nutrient cycling may be altered, plant and animal communities may undergo changes in both composition and dynamics, and long-term and difficult to reverse switches between alternative stable equilibria may occur. A thorough understanding of the potential effects of increased temperature on ponds and shallow lakes is desirable because these ecosystems are of immense importance throughout the world as sources of drinking water, and for their amenity and conservation value. This understanding can only come through experimental studies in which the effects of different temperature regimes are compared. This paper reports design details and operating characteristics of a recently constructed experimental facility consisting of 48 aquatic microcosms which mimic the pond and shallow lake environment. Thirty-two of the microcosms can be heated and regulated to simulate climate change scenarios, including those predicted for the UK. The authors also summarise the current and future experimental uses of the microcosms.

Item Type: Article
Title: Heated aquatic microcosms for climate change experiments
Personal Creator/Author:
McKee, Dermot
Atkinson, David
Collings, Sally
Eaton, John
Harvey, Ian
Hatton, Keith
Heyes, Tom
Wilson, Dave
Wolstenholme, Leander
Moss, Brian
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 14
Page Range: pp. 51-58
Date: 2000
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climatic changes; Climate prediction; Experimental research; Microcosms; Aquatic communities; Ponds
Subjects: Ecology
Earth Sciences
Item ID: 4629
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2010 11:53
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:10
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4629

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