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Does primary productivity turn up the volume? Exploring the relationship between chlorophyll a and the soundscape of coral reefs in the Pacific
Fisher-Pool, P.I.; Lammers, M.O.; Gove, J.M.; Wong, K.B. (2016). Does primary productivity turn up the volume? Exploring the relationship between chlorophyll a and the soundscape of coral reefs in the Pacific, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 289-293. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_34
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598, more
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    Soundscape; Passive acoustics; Reef ecology; Chlorophyll a; Remote islands

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  • Fisher-Pool, P.I.
  • Lammers, M.O.
  • Gove, J.M.
  • Wong, K.B.

Abstract
    Chlorophyll is the basis for ecosystem productivity in most marine environments. We report on an ongoing effort to examine whether ambient sounds are tied to chlorophyll levels. We hypothesized that an increase in food-web available energy will be distributed across trophic levels, eventually reaching sound-producing animals and increasing acoustic levels. To test our hypothesis, we compared reef environments to explore links between soundscapes and chlorophyll a concentrations. The study sites resided in disparate oceanographic regimes that experienced substantially different oceanographic conditions. We anticipated that the results would show differing patterns of primary productivity between sites and therefore would be reflected in the soundscapes.

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