[Coral-List] Research Topic in Frontiers in Marine Science

Tyler Cyronak tcyronak at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 15:46:30 EST 2018

Hi all,

We would like to bring your attention to a Research Topic in Frontiers 
in Marine Science focusing on the variability of seawater chemistry in 
coastal systems in the context of global change. We highly encourage you 
to submit your work focusing on impacts and sources of seawater 
chemistry variability in coral reefs! The manuscript submission deadline 
is July 1, 2018.

Research Topic: Spatial and temporal variability of seawater chemistry 
in coastal ecosystems in the context of global change

Topic Description: Coastal systems provide a range of goods and services 
that are under threat from anthropogenic stressors such as ocean 
acidification, deoxygenation, and eutrophication. Accurately projecting 
future chemical conditions in these socioeconomically important regions 
remains difficult due to the natural spatiotemporal variability in 
seawater chemistry. In coastal regions, complex processes including 
riverine and groundwater inputs, intense benthic and pelagic metabolism, 
and air-sea gas exchange act in combination with physical processes 
affecting mixing, water column depth, and local residence times. These 
biogeochemical and physical processes interact over timescales of 
minutes to years and on spatial scales from millimeters to kilometers to 
drive variability in seawater chemistry. The complex, local drivers of 
seawater chemistry in coastal systems make it increasingly difficult to 
predict how seawater chemistry will change in response to anthropogenic 
pollutants on regional (e.g., nutrient run off) and global (e.g., carbon 
dioxide emissions) scales. Importantly, certain oceanographic areas and 
ecosystems could act as refuges from processes such as de-oxygenation 
and ocean acidification by elevating dissolved oxygen and pH relative to 
surrounding waters.

This topic invites contributions seeking to understand temporal and 
spatial variability of seawater chemistry in coastal systems in the 
context of global change. We encourage submissions that aim to elucidate 
drivers of seawater chemistry variability in coastal ecosystems, 
including how those processes might change in the future, and that 
highlight the effects of seawater chemistry variability on marine 
organisms and ecosystems. We welcome submissions that use a range of 
approaches to tackle these problems including in situ biogeochemical 
measurements, manipulative experiments, paleo perspectives, and modeling 

Topic Editors:  Tyler Cyronak, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Iris 
Hendriks, University of the Balearic Islands; Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer, 
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies; Yuichiro Takeshita and 
Andrea Fassbender, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; David 
Koweek, Carnegie Institution for Science



Tyler, Iris, Raquel, Yui, Andrea, and David

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