Plankton dynamics under different climate conditions in tropical freshwater systems (a reply to the comment by Sarmento, Amado & Descy, 2013)

Lisette N. de Senerpont Domis*, James J. Elser, Alena S. Gsell, Vera L.M. Huszar, Bas W. Ibelings, Erik Jeppesen, Sarian Kosten, Wolf M. Mooij, Fabio Roland, Ulrich Sommer, Ellen van Donk, Monika Winder, Miquel Lürling

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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). 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. 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. 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2211-2213
Number of pages3
JournalFreshwater Biology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change
  • PEG model
  • Phytoplankton
  • Tropical limnology
  • Zooplankton
  • n/a OA procedure


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    de Senerpont Domis, L. N., Elser, J. J., Gsell, A. S., Huszar, V. L. M., Ibelings, B. W., Jeppesen, E., Kosten, S., Mooij, W. M., Roland, F., Sommer, U., Van Donk, E., Winder, M. & Lürling, M., Mar 2013, In: Freshwater Biology. 58, 3, p. 463-482 20 p.

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