Light and Photosynthesis in Aquatic Ecosystems

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 1994 - Nature - 509 pages
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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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Contents

Concepts of hydrologic optics
3
Incident solar radiation
26
Absorption of light within the aquatic medium
46
Characterizing the underwater light field
112
The nature of the underwater light field
129
Remote sensing of the aquatic environment
170
The photosynthetic apparatus of aquatic plants
217
Photosynthesis as a function of the incident light
271
Photosynthesis in the aquatic environment
314
Ecological strategies
360
References and author index
432
Index to symbols
491
Subject index
500
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About the author (1994)

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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