The Effects of UV Radiation in the Marine Environment

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"This book provides a comprehensive review of UV radiation effects specifically in the marine environment. A multidisciplinary approach is adopted to discuss all aspects from a physical, chemical and biological perspective." The book is aimed at researchers and graduate students in photobiology, photochemistry and environmental science. It will also be useful as a supplementary text for courses in oceanography, climatology and ecology.
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Contributors from biological, environmental, and earth sciences review research on the effect of heightened ultraviolet radiation on marine environments due to the decreasing concentrations of ozone in the stratosphere. They begin by describing the attenuation of the radiation in the atmosphere and seawater, outlining the photochemical reactions involved and highlighting the role chemistry can play in influencing the biogeochemical cycling of various elements. Then they look at the deleterious consequences on organisms from viruses and bacteria through phytoplankton and zooplankton to fish and mammals, and the strategies they have adapted to mitigate the damage. The collection could be used as a supplemental text in a graduate oceanography course. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This book should appeal to researchers and students in photobiology, photochemistry, and environmental science." Journal of the American Chemical Society

"I highly recommend this superb volume to anyone with an interest in UVR in the marine environment. It is certainly the first book that I now reach for when UVR questions arise." Limnology in Oceanography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521020954
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Cambridge Environmental Chemistry Series, #10
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Enhanced UV radiation - a new problem for the marine environment 1
2 UV physics and optics 35
3 Spectral weighting functions for quantifying effects of UV radiation in marine ecosystems 72
4 Marine photochemistry and its impact on carbon cycling 101
5 Photochemical production of biological substrates 130
6 Mechanisms of UV damage to aquatic organisms 149
7 Strategies for the minimisation of UV-induced damage 177
8 UV radiation effects on heterotrophic bacterioplankton and viruses in marine ecosystems 206
9 Effects of UV radiation on the physiology and ecology of marine phytoplankton 237
10 Impact of solar UV radiation on zooplankton and fish 279
11 Implications of UV radiation for the food web structure and consequences on the carbon flow 310
Index 321
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