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Light and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Ecosystems

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521151757
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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.

    • Logically and pedagogically structured, ideally suited as a basis for courses in marine biology
    • Interdisciplinary and accessible across a wide range of scientific fields
    • Provides full understanding of the fundamentals of marine optics, including sensing of oceans from space, now especially environmentally significant due to its direct application to global warming
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    "This new edition of Light and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Ecosystems is indispensable for any science library and for anyone interested in photosynthesis in acquatic organisms. The book succeeds in every feature essential in a textbook - it is well organized and provides a historical perspective, a high level of complexity, relevant figures, detailed and updated references, and a comprehensive index."
    E.L. Peredo, University of Connecticut, Storrs for Plant Science Bulletin

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    16th Mar 2015 by Nlozar

    It´s an interesting book becasuse it has valuable information it provides me escential information for my project

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521151757
    • length: 662 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • contains: 140 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 21 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Remote Sensing
    • Hydrological Optics
    • Marine Optics
    • Radiation Transfer
  • Author

    John T. O. Kirk, Kirk Marine Optics
    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).

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