Light and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Ecosystems / Edition 3

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Overview

Penetration of light into aquatic ecosystems is greatly affected by the absorption and scattering processes that take place within the water. Thus within any water body, the intensity and color of the light field changes greatly with depth and this has a marked influence on both the total productivity of, and the kinds of plant that predominate in, the ecosystem. This study presents an integrated and coherent treatment of the key role of light in aquatic ecosystems. It 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...an admirable clear account...a monograph which is required reading for all those working on aquatic photosynthesis and productivity." New Phytologist

From reviews of the current edition...

"Light and Photosynthesis is a primer: one of the prices of admission to the field. The pages of my copy of the paperback first edition, which appeared in 1983, are dog-eared, soiled, and crumpled from the many consultations over the elapsed decade by my students as well as myself. It has been used for research, for lectures, and also for assigned reading in optical and biological oceanography courses. This edition is 25% longer than the first and contains approximately 80% more references to the primary literature. It is handily mapped with indices to symbols, organisms, water bodies, and subjects. The text is one of a kind--there are no competitors." J. Ramus, BioScience

"This new edition is nicely updated and richly referenced, providing extensive coverage of the physics of light and its capture by plants in the aquatic environment....an invaluable, detailed resource." Choice

"...essential reading for any student in biological oceanography and limnology....The scientific community owes John Kirk a debt of gratitude for laboring so long and with such loving care to produce a textbook that will surely stand as a classic in its field." Paul Falkowski, Quarterly Review of Biology

"...wonderful book. The worth of any library book can be judged by how much it has been signed out. In the first edition of Kirk's book, held in the Rosenstiel School's library, it has been checked out virtually constantly since 1985! I have no doubt that the second edition will see similar usage." William M. Balch, Bulletin of Marine Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521151757
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 662
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second 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. Characterising 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; Reference and author index; Index to symbols; Index to organisms; Subject index; Index to water bodies; References.

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