• T. T. Packard
  • C. Joiris
  • P. Lasserre
  • H. J. Minas
  • M. Pamatmat
  • A. R. Skjoldal
  • R. E. Ulanowicz
  • J. H. Vosjan
  • R. M. Warwick
  • P. J. B. Le Williams
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 13)


The respiration working group conducted nine discussions. Each was led by a working group member after presenting his recent ideas and results. The discussions focused on topics that facilitated achieving the following objectives:
  1. 1.

    to develop a fundamental definition of respiration that is accurate and descriptive at all levels of biological organization.

  2. 2.

    to review the limitations and strengths of current methods of measuring respiration.

  3. 3.

    to identify areas for the potential application of new technology.

  4. 4.

    to identify “user interest” in respiration measurements (i.e., the modeling community) and how dimensions, time-scale, and space -scale effects the “usefulness” of a respiration measurement.

  5. 5.

    to determine the feasibility of developing a unifying model of respiration that can be applied to different organisms, communities, and ecosystems.

  6. 6.

    to assess the compatibility of the results of respiration studies with the results of other process studies.

  7. 7.

    to summarize the state of knowledge of respiration, to identify the limitations of that knowledge, and to recommend research for the next decade.



Allometric Equation Community Respiration Cumulative Respiration Work Group Member Unify Field Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. T. Packard
    • 1
  • C. Joiris
    • 2
  • P. Lasserre
    • 3
  • H. J. Minas
    • 4
  • M. Pamatmat
    • 5
  • A. R. Skjoldal
    • 6
  • R. E. Ulanowicz
    • 7
  • J. H. Vosjan
    • 8
  • R. M. Warwick
    • 9
  • P. J. B. Le Williams
    • 10
  1. 1.Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean SciencesHarbourUSA
  2. 2.Fac. Wetenschappen, Lab. voor Ekologie en SystematikUniversity of BrusselsBrusselBelgium
  3. 3.Station Biologique d’ArcachonUniversite de BordeauxArcachonFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire d’OceanographieFaculte des Sciences de LuminyMarseille Cedex 2France
  5. 5.Triburon Center for Environmental StudiesSan Francisco State UniversityTiburonUSA
  6. 6.Institute of Marine ResearchNordnes, BergenNorway
  7. 7.Chesapeake Biological LaboratoryUniversity of MarylandSolomonsUSA
  8. 8.Netherlands Institute for Sea ResearchTexelThe Netherlands
  9. 9.Institute for Marine Environmental ResearchPlymouth, DevonUK
  10. 10.Department of OceanographyThe UniversitySouthampton, HampshireUK

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