Plankton dynamics under different climate conditions in tropical freshwater systems (a reply to the comment by Sarmento, Amado & Descy, )

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  • Lisette N. de Senerpont Domis,

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    1. Department of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    • Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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  • James J. Elser,

    1. School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, U.S.A
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  • Alena S. Gsell,

    1. Department of Ecosystem Research, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany
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  • Vera L. M. Huszar,

    1. Laboratorio de Ficologia, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Sao Cristovao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • Bas W. Ibelings,

    1. Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    2. Institut F.A. Forel, Universite de Geneve, Versoix, Switzerland
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  • Erik Jeppesen,

    1. Department of Bioscience and the Arctic Centre, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
    2. Greenland Climate Research Centre (GCRC), Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland
    3. Sino-Danish Education and Research Centre (SDC), Beijing, China
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  • Sarian Kosten,

    1. Department of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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  • Wolf M. Mooij,

    1. Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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  • Fabio Roland,

    1. Juiz de Fora Federal University, Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil
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  • Ulrich Sommer,

    1. Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
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  • Ellen van Donk,

    1. Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Monika Winder,

    1. Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
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  • Miquel Lürling

    1. Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Correspondence: Lisette N. de Senerpont Domis, Department of Aquatic Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, Droevendaalsesteeg 10, Wageningen 6708 PB, The Netherlands. E-mail: l.desenerpontdomis@nioo.knaw.nl

Summary

  1. In our recent contribution to the special issue on plankton dynamics in a fast-changing world, we outlined some general predictions of plankton dynamics in different climate regions now and in future, building on the Plankton Ecology Group (PEG) model (de Senerpont Domis et al., 2013).
  2. We proposed a stylised version of plankton dynamics in Fig. 3 of our article and stated that these patterns need to be further elaborated. Our figure displays annual plankton dynamics now and in future in oligotrophic, mesotrophic and eutrophic lakes in arctic, temperate and tropical climate zones.
  3. We fully agree with Sarmento, Amado & Descy (2013) that more data on tropical regions are needed, and we are looking forward to the emergence of published data from tropical regions to extend our still-limited understanding of plankton dynamics in these regions.
  4. Sarmento et al. (2013) did not agree with our predictions on plankton dynamics for hydrology-driven water systems in the tropics. Unfortunately, however, Sarmento et al. (2013) did not substantiate their statements with the much-needed data on plankton dynamics in the tropics. Moreover, they merely provide an overview of precipitation patterns in the tropics, not an alternative hypothesis for our predictions.

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