Articles | Volume 17, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 17, 4831–4852, 2020

Special issue: Ecological and biogeochemical functioning of the coastal upwelling...

Biogeosciences, 17, 4831–4852, 2020
Research article
 | Highlight paper
12 Oct 2020
Research article  | Highlight paper | 12 Oct 2020

Factors controlling plankton community production, export flux, and particulate matter stoichiometry in the coastal upwelling system off Peru

Lennart Thomas Bach et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed
Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version Supplement - Supplement

Peer-review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Jul 2020) by Dimitri Gutierrez
AR by Lennart Bach on behalf of the Authors (28 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (16 Aug 2020) by Dimitri Gutierrez
Short summary
The eastern boundary upwelling system off Peru is among Earth's most productive ocean ecosystems, but the factors that control its functioning are poorly constrained. Here we used mesocosms, moored ~ 6 km offshore Peru, to investigate how processes in plankton communities drive key biogeochemical processes. We show that nutrient and light co-limitation keep productivity and export at a remarkably constant level while stoichiometry changes strongly with shifts in plankton community structure.
Final-revised paper