Data Set (knb-lter-sbc.34.13)

SBC LTER: Reef: Long-term experiment: Kelp removal: Invertebrate and algal density

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The abundance and size of a specified number of common species of invertebrates and algae are sampled by divers in quadrats (1 m squared) at each of the six permanent locations along permanent transects.

One potential manifestation of climate change is an increase in the frequency of severe storms. Such changes are likely to have profound effects on giant kelp forest ecosystems because storms are a major source of disturbance that removes kelp and other biota. An increase in the frequency of severe storms would likely result in large losses of giant kelp every winter. Giant kelp is the foundation species of the ecosystem and our long-term monitoring shows that the dynamics of the benthic community of understory algae and sessile invertebrates are directly linked to the dynamics of giant kelp (Arkema et al. 2009. Ecology 90: 3126–3137).

Author: Reed
Title: SBC LTER Long Term Experiment Methods - Density of algae and invertebrates-20130525
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