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How do warmer and darker waters influence population dynamics in size-structured fish communities?

Van Dorst, Renee (2017). How do warmer and darker waters influence population dynamics in size-structured fish communities? Öregrund: (NL, NJ) > Department of Aquatic Resources, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Aqua introductory research essay ; 2017:2

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Changes associated with an increased water temperature due to global climate change have potentially large consequences for aquatic organisms. However, not only temperature but also the amount of precipitation is increasing. This increased precipitation leads to increased runoff from terrestrial ecosystems into lakes and coastal waters, introducing brown coloured humic substances containing dissolved organic carbon, leading to browner waters. This browning leads to a decrease of light in the water, which may reduce both primary production and visibility. The reduced visibility can, in turn, impact organisms dependent on light for e.g. feeding, mating, and predator evasion. Warmer and browner waters can influence aquatic ecosystems on several levels of biological organization: individuals, populations and communities. The impacts on fish populations and communities mostly arise from individual-level impacts and interactions. To understand how this works, knowledge of how food-dependent body growth and size-dependent food intake impact fish population and community dynamics is needed. Some of the separate impacts of warming and browning on fish are well studied on multiple organizational levels. It is known that both warming and browning can have considerable influences on both availability and uptake of resources in aquatic systems. This influence can have immediate impact on fish individuals and populations, but also shift competitive ability among individuals of different sizes. As a consequence, there may be changes in growth rates, mean body size, fish productivity and species composition in response to warming and browning. Climate change often results in both warmer and darker lakes. Still, the combination of warmer and darker water bodies on fish individuals, populations, and communities, have not been studied extensively. In combination, the various effects of warming and browning might even be more pronounced than individually. As fish populations and communities are important for both ecosystem function, and recreational and commercial fisheries, it is important to identify the knowledge gaps concerning the combined impact of an increase in temperature and browning. In this essay I identify big gaps in our current knowledge on the combined effects of temperature and browning on interacting fish individuals and populations. The knowledge arising from future studies on combined climate change effects on interacting fish species can, for example, be used to adapt current fisheries management strategies to a future climate characterized by warmer and darker lakes.

Authors/Creators:Van Dorst, Renee
Title:How do warmer and darker waters influence population dynamics in size-structured fish communities?
Series Name/Journal:Aqua introductory research essay
Year of publishing :2017
Number of Pages:48
Place of Publication:Öregrund
Publisher:Department of Aquatic Resources, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-9483-6
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:M Aquatic sciences and fisheries > M01 Fisheries and aquaculture - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Agrovoc terms:water temperature, climatic change, population dynamics, fishes, optical properties
Keywords:climate change, temperature increase, browning, size-structured populations, inter -specific interactions, intra-specific interactions, population dynamic, community dynamics, physiology
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ID Code:14241
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Aquatic Resources
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Deposited On:13 Apr 2017 09:00
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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