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Biogeochemistry of Marine Systems



Biogeochemistry of Marine Systems

Kenneth D. Black (Editor), Graham B. Shimmield (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14779-8 February 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 384 Pages

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Marine systems vary in their sensitivities to perturbation. Perturbation may be insidious – such as increasing eutrophication of coastal areas – or it may be dramatic – such as a response to an oil spillage or some other accident. Climate change may occur incrementally or it may be abrupt, and ecosystem resilience is likely to be a complex function of the interactions of those assemblages or species mediating key biogeochemical processes.

Biogeochemistry of Marine Systems considers issues of marine system resilience, focusing on a range of marine systems that exemplify major global province types but are also interesting and topical in their own right, on account of their sensitivity to natural or anthropogenic change or their importance as ecological service providers. Authors concentrate on advances of the last decade.

1. Mangroves of Southeast Asia.

Marianne Holmer, Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

2. Coral reefs.

Marlin Atkinson and J.L. Falter, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii SOEST, Kaneohe, Hawaii.

3. Fjords.

Jens M. Skei, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Oslo, Norway, B. McKee, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA and B. Sundby, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

4. The Eastern Mediterranean.

Michael Krom, School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, UK, Steven Groom, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK and Tamar Zohary, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd, Migdal, Israel.

5. The Arctic seas.

Michael L. Carroll and JoLynn Carroll, Akvaplan-niva Polar Environmental Center, Tromso, Norway.

6. The Arabian Sea.

S.W.A. Naqvi, Hema Naik and P.V. Narvekar, National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India.

7. The Northeastern Pacific abyssal plain.

Angelos K. Hannides and Craig R. Smith, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.

8. Deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps.

Richard J. Léveillé and S. Kim Juniper, GEOTOP – Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada.

9. Influence of nutrient biogeochemistry on the ecology of Northwest European shelf seas.

Paul Tett, School of Life Sciences, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK and David J. Hydes and Richard Sanders, Southampton Oceanography Centre, UKReferences.


"[The book] gives an unusual and unique perspective...This is a well written, up-to-date review of the fundamental mechanisms and interactions operating in some representative marine systems...The book could serve as a nice introduction, reference guide, and source of current literature for students and researchers...
...the book certainly provides a comprehensive introduction to the major biogeochemical processes operating in the various systems presented, and it serves as a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about and conducting research in these specific marine systems.
The bottom line: this book is a wonderful research for students or researchers"
Oceanography Vol 17(4), December 2004

  • A state-of-the-art review of marine ecosystem resilience in the face of environmental disturbance or climate change – one of the most fashionable areas of research at present
  • Covers a wide range of ecosystem types
  • Authors have been drawn from respected laboratories around the world