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dc.contributor.advisorDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.contributor.authorChaidez, Veronica
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-16T06:12:56Z
dc.date.available2019-05-16T00:00:00Z
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.identifier.citationChaidez, V. (2018). Thermal Limits and Thresholds of Red Sea Biota. KAUST Research Repository. https://doi.org/10.25781/KAUST-B5OW7
dc.identifier.doi10.25781/KAUST-B5OW7
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/627882
dc.description.abstractAs ocean temperatures continue to rise, the effect of temperature on marine organisms becomes highly relevant. The Red Sea is the warmest sea and is rapidly warming with current surface temperatures (28 – 34 °C) already exceeding those of most tropical systems. This has major consequences for organisms that may already find themselves at their thermal limits. The aim of this project was to define the thermal limits and thresholds of certain Red Sea species. Firstly, to better understand the thermal regimes of the Red Sea, we looked at decadal trends in maximum sea surface temperature across the basin. Then, we tested the thermal capacities of Red Sea mangroves and zooplankton, two key ecological groups, by performing thermal stress experiments in the laboratory. We found that the Red Sea basin is warming faster than the global average (0.17 °C decade-1), the thermal limit of mangrove propagules is between 33 and 35 °C, and the limits among the most common zooplankton groups range from 30 to 36 °C. This project gives us a better understanding of how organisms respond to extreme temperatures and how they may be affected in a future, warmer, ocean.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectClimate Change
dc.subjectMangroves
dc.subjectOcean warming
dc.subjectTemperature
dc.subjectThermal stress
dc.subjectZooplankton
dc.titleThermal Limits and Thresholds of Red Sea Biota
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.rights.embargodate2019-05-16
thesis.degree.grantorKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology
dc.contributor.committeememberAgusti, Susana
dc.contributor.committeememberHoteit, Ibrahim
dc.contributor.committeememberMarba, Núria
thesis.degree.disciplineMarine Science
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
dc.rights.accessrightsAt the time of archiving, the student author of this dissertation opted to temporarily restrict access to it. The full text of this dissertation became available to the public after the expiration of the embargo on 2019-05-16.
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