Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 12, 1339–1356, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-1339-2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 1339–1356, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-1339-2015

Research article 04 Mar 2015

Research article | 04 Mar 2015

Evaluation of coral reef carbonate production models at a global scale

N. S. Jones et al.

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ED: Publish as is (26 Jan 2015) by Jean-Pierre Gattuso
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Production of calcium carbonate by coral reefs is important in the global carbon cycle. Using a global framework we evaluate four models of reef calcification against observed values. The temperature-only model showed significant skill in reproducing coral calcification rates. The absence of any predictive power for whole reef systems highlights the importance of coral cover and the need for an ecosystem modelling approach accounting for population dynamics in terms of mortality and recruitment.
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