Despite their importance as ecosystem engineers, little is known about how these organisms will respond to projected ocean acidification. Since preindustrial times, average ocean pH has already decreased from 8.2 to ~ 8.1. Predicted CO2 emissions will decrease this by up to another 0.3 pH units by the end of the century. This decrease in pH may have a wide range of impacts upon marine life, and in particular upon calcifiers such as cold-water corals. Lophelia pertusa is the most widespread cold-water coral (CWC) species, frequently found in the North Atlantic. Data here relate to a short term data set (21 days) on metabolism and net calcification rates of freshly collected L. pertusa from Mingulay Reef Complex, Scotland. These data from freshly collected L. pertusa from the Mingulay Reef Complex will help define the impact of ocean acidification upon the growth, physiology and structural integrity of this key reef framework forming species. This dataset has been supplemented with derived carbonate chemistry parameters and given a different DOI. The supplemented data is available from 10.1594/PANGAEA.820339.
Hennige S.; Wicks L.; Roberts J.M. (2012). Short-Term Responses of the Cold Water Coral Lophelia Pertusa to Ocean Acidification. British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK. doi:10/mp9.