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We conducted a large-scale field experiment using 55 m3 floating containers (mesocosms) to investigate consequences of near-future projected CO2 elevations (ocean acidification) on a Baltic Sea plankton community in Storfjärden (Finland). The focus of our study was on single- and multicelled small-sized organisms dwelling in the water column. Our results suggest that increasing CO2 concentrations may change the species composition and promote specific food web interactions.
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Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 14, 447–466, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-447-2017

Special issue: Effects of rising CO2 on a Baltic Sea plankton...

Biogeosciences, 14, 447–466, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-447-2017

Research article 27 Jan 2017

Research article | 27 Jan 2017

Ciliate and mesozooplankton community response to increasing CO2 levels in the Baltic Sea: insights from a large-scale mesocosm experiment

Silke Lischka et al.

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We conducted a large-scale field experiment using 55 m3 floating containers (mesocosms) to investigate consequences of near-future projected CO2 elevations (ocean acidification) on a Baltic Sea plankton community in Storfjärden (Finland). The focus of our study was on single- and multicelled small-sized organisms dwelling in the water column. Our results suggest that increasing CO2 concentrations may change the species composition and promote specific food web interactions.
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