The metabolic regimes of flowing waters

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

The processes and biomass that characterize any ecosystem are fundamentally constrained by the total amount of energy that is either fixed within or delivered across its boundaries. Ultimately, ecosystems may be understood and classified by their rates of total and net productivity and by the seasonal patterns of photosynthesis and respiration. Such understanding is well developed for terrestrial and lentic ecosystems but our understanding of ecosystem phenology has lagged well behind for rivers. The proliferation of reliable and inexpensive sensors for monitoring dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide is underpinning a revolution in our understanding of the ecosystem energetics of rivers. Here, we synthesize our current understanding of the drivers and constraints on river metabolism, and set out a research agenda aimed at characterizing, classifying and modeling the current and future metabolic regimes of flowing waters.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bernhardt, ES; Heffernan, JB; Grimm, NB; Stanley, EH; Harvey, JW; Arroita, M; Appling, AP; Cohen, MJ; McDowell, WH; Hall, RO; Read, JS; Roberts, BJ; Stets, EG; Yackulic, CB

Published Date

  • March 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 /

Start / End Page

  • S99 - S118

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-5590

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/lno.10726

Citation Source

  • Scopus