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||Gledhill, D.K., C. Langdon, J. Corredor, R. Wanninkhof, R.J. Hendee, and W.R. McGillis
||The Atlantic Ocean Acidification Test-bed, La Parguera, PR
||Poster Presentation at the 2010 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon
||CRCP ID 1101-08 and 1101-09, Project Name: Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON) Project, Principal Investigator: Jim Hendee
||Changes in surface ocean chemistry in direct response to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration may pose considerable challenges to a broad range of marine organisms in coming decades. Monitoring this ocean acidification (OA) at regional and local-scales is an important requirement towards improving our understanding of the potential longterm consequences. Coral reef ecosystems are of particular concern given the potential effects OA may have on coral growth rates and net community calcification. A satellite-based OA model is now routinely mapping the monthly distribution of surface ocean carbonate chemistry throughout the Greater Caribbean Region (NOAA CRW OAPS v0.4) and reveals considerable spatial and seasonal variability. However, while such models offer an important regional geochemical context, they are applicable only to oceanic settings where coastal processes do not exhibit a significant influence. How OA is manifested within the shallow coastal waters where coral reef ecosystems reside is currently poorly characterized. Community-scale metabolic processes can impart an important control on near-reef carbonate chemistry. Constraining the near-reef variability in carbonate chemistry across diel, seasonal, and annual scales is a critical requirement to evaluating the potential geochemical thresholds of OA. The Atlantic OA Test-bed in the La Parguera Marine Reserve, Puerto Rico seeks to evaluate methodologies and technologies that could be employed to best monitor OA and its impacts within coral reef ecosystems.