Ecosytem Productivity

Introduction

Ecosystem productivity is the process by which organisms at the base of food webs, or primary producers, use energy and the raw materials of life to build biomass and support metabolism. For an overview of ecosystem production, see:

https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/terrestrial-primary-production-fuel-for-life-17567411

Learning objectives

Here, we will quantify ecosystem production three different ways in three very different habitats: aquatic, wetland, and terrestrial. All of these habitats are represented at the Rice Rivers Center, and broadly cover landscapes of the coastal plain physiographic region of the Eastern United States. We will also consider different ways "production" is defined by ecologists, and discuss the far-reaching ecological context for this important concept.

 

Ecosystem productivity in different habitats

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