Fifteen. Ecosystem Metabolism

  1. John W. Day3,
  2. Byron C. Crump4,
  3. W. Michael Kemp4 and
  4. Alejandro Yáñez-Arancibia5
  1. Jeremy M. Testa4,
  2. W. Michael Kemp4,
  3. Charles S. Hopkinson Jr.1 and
  4. Stephen V. Smith2

Published Online: 24 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118412787.ch15

Estuarine Ecology, Second Edition

Estuarine Ecology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Testa, J. M., Kemp, W. M., Hopkinson, C. S. and Smith, S. V. (2012) Ecosystem Metabolism, in Estuarine Ecology, Second Edition (eds J. W. Day, B. C. Crump, W. M. Kemp and A. Yáñez-Arancibia), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118412787.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA

  2. 4

    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, Maryland, 21613 USA

  3. 5

    Red Ambiente y Sustentabilidad, Instituto de Ecologia, A.C. (CPI-CONACYT). Xalapa, Veracruz, México

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Georgia and Georgia Sea Grant, Department of Marine Sciences, 229 Marine Sciences Building, Athens, Georgia, 30602 USA

  2. 2

    Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 40 La Flores Drive, Chula Vista CA 91910, USA

  3. 4

    University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, Maryland, 21613 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 12 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471755678

Online ISBN: 9781118412787



  • ecosystem, measuring metabolism;
  • coastal ecosystem metabolic rates, measure of conditions;
  • container incubation, strengths and limitations;
  • cross-ecosystem comparisons;
  • metabolic responses to climate change/variability


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Basic Definitions and Concepts

  • Measuring Ecosystem Metabolism

  • Regulating Factors and Spatial/Temporal Patterns

  • Ecosystem Metabolism Case Studies

  • Cross-Ecosystem Comparisons

  • Metabolic Responses to Climate Change and Variability

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References