Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Research article
06 Apr 2017
Research article |  | 06 Apr 2017

Potential sources of variability in mesocosm experiments on the response of phytoplankton to ocean acidification

Maria Moreno de Castro, Markus Schartau, and Kai Wirtz


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (14 Nov 2016) by Marilaure Grégoire
AR by Maria Moreno de Castro on behalf of the Authors (23 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (13 Jan 2017) by Marilaure Grégoire
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (27 Jan 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (20 Feb 2017) by Marilaure Grégoire
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (07 Mar 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (13 Mar 2017) by Marilaure Grégoire
Short summary
Observations from different mesocosms exposed to the same treatment level typically show variability that hinders the detection of potential treatments effects. To unearth relevant sources of variability, we developed and performed a data-based model analysis that simulates uncertainty propagation. With this method we investigate the divergence in the outcomes due to the amplification of differences in experimentally unresolved ecological factors within replicates of the same treatment level.
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