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The Role of Coastal High Latitude Ecosystems in Global Export Production

  • Paul K. Bienfang
  • David A. Ziemann
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 43)

Abstract

If one were to sit down and design a perfectly conservative pelagic ecosystem, it would likely have the following properties. First, it would be a steady-state system, in which the delivery of essential substrates would be constant over time to minimize transient oscillations of the food web to changing substrate supplies. Second, the biological components would be built upon small-sized primary producers (e.g., picoplankton), and consist of a complex network of numerous trophic levels of carefully balanced standing stocks, which are configured in a K-type strategy having numerous feedback loops for the regeneration of essential substrates. Third, the system would have negligible sinking rates to minimize vertical transport of material away from the photic influx at the surface. Fourth, the benthos would be located far away (i.e., in deep water) to maximize the time/opportunities for regeneration and, thus, minimize losses from the water column.

Keywords

Specific Growth Rate Particulate Organic Carbon Fecal Pellet Sediment Trap Carbon Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul K. Bienfang
    • 1
  • David A. Ziemann
    • 1
  1. 1.The Oceanic InstituteHonoluluUSA

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