Light and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Ecosystems

Light and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Ecosystems

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Beginning systematically with the fundamentals, the fully-updated third edition of this popular graduate textbook provides an understanding of all the essential elements of marine optics. It explains the key role of light as a major factor in determining the operation and biological composition of aquatic ecosystems, and its scope ranges from the physics of light transmission within water, through the biochemistry and physiology of aquatic photosynthesis, to the ecological relationships that depend on the underwater light climate. This book also provides a valuable introduction to the remote sensing of the ocean from space, which is now recognized to be of great environmental significance due to its direct relevance to global warming. An important resource for graduate courses on marine optics, aquatic photosynthesis, or ocean remote sensing; and for aquatic scientists, both oceanographers and limnologists.show more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 140 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 21 tables
  • 1139168215
  • 9781139168212

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Praise for the first edition: '... excellent ... Definitely the mastery of the plan, the extreme clarity of the writing, the exhaustiveness of the information, together with constant attention to the reader (so many authors seem to write for themselves) make this book surprising. Another characteristic lies in its being authentically interdisciplinary: it is both physical and biological; it deals with plankton as well as benthos; microphytes as well as macrophytes; freshwaters as well as oceans.' Limnology and Oceanography Praise for the first edition: 'The book is well produced, well indexed, pleasant to handle and read.' Journal of Applied Ecology ' ...indispensable for any science library and for anyone interested in photosynthesis in aquatic organisms. ... it is well organized and provides a historical perspective, a high level of complexity, relevant figures, detailed and updated references, and a comprehensive index.' Plant Science Bulletinshow more

Table of contents

Preface to the third edition; Part I. The Underwater Light Field: 1. Concepts of hydrologic optics; 2. Incident solar radiation; 3. Absorption of light within the aquatic medium; 4. Scattering of light within the aquatic medium; 5. Characterizing the underwater light field; 6. The nature of the underwater light field; 7. Remote sensing of the aquatic environment; Part II. Photosynthesis in the Aquatic Environment: 8. The photosynthetic apparatus of aquatic plants; 9. Light capture by aquatic plants; 10. Photosynthesis as a function of the incident light; 11. Photosynthesis in the aquatic environment; 12. Ecological strategies; References and author index; Index to symbols; Index to organisms; Index to water bodies; Subject index.show more

About John T. O. Kirk

John Kirk began his research into ocean optics in the early 1970s in the Division of Plant Industry of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Canberra, Australia, where he was a Chief Research Scientist, and continued it from 1997 in Kirk Marine Optics. He was awarded the Australian Society for Limnology Medal (1981), and besides the two successful previous editions of this book, has also co-authored The Plastids: Their Chemistry, Structure, Growth and Inheritance (Elsevier, 1978), which became the standard text in its field. Beyond his own scientific research interests, he has always been interested in the broader implications of science for human existence, and has published a book on this and other issues, Science and Certainty (CSIRO Publishing, 2007).show more

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