PEREZ Gonzalo Luis
congresos y reuniones científicas
Light availability as a useful paradigm for understanding shallow lake functioning and future responses to climate change
LLAMES M.E.,; LAGOMARSINO L.; DIOVISALVI N.,; FERMANI P; TORREMORELL A.; PÉREZ G. L.,; UNREIN F.; BUSTINGORRY J.F.; ESCARAY R.; FERRARO M.; ZAGARESE H
Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Nevada (EEUU)
Conferencia; Chapman Conference on Lakes and Reservoirs as Sentinels, Integrators, and Regulators of Climate Change; 2008
Lakes from the Pampa region of Argentina are typically large (> 100 ha) and shallow (~2m). Most of them are presently eutrophic or hypertrophic. The seasonal and interannualvariability of these highly turbid lakes is strongly controlled by light availability.The region is presently experiencing increasing trends in precipitation, alteredhydroperiod and steadily increasing agriculture pressure. Thus, we anticipate that amajor effect of climate change on Pampean lakes will be related to changes in lightavailability, mediated by changes in water depth and background turbidity. Weperformed a mesocosm (3000 L) experiment aimed at investigating the effects of lightavailability on shallow, turbid systems. Our results are consistent with light-limitationtheory: (i) light attenuation and (ii) primary production increased with light availability.Furthermore, the heterotrophic components provided additional evidence for theparadox of energy enrichment: (iii) herbivore density and (iv) the seston P and Ncontent decreased, while (v) community respiration increased with light availability.Collectively, our results suggest that the anticipated climate changes will affect foodweb structure, energy fluxes and the carbon cycle of shallow lakes.