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Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics - Jorge L. Sarmiento

Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics

Hardcover Published: 20th May 2006
ISBN: 9780691017075
Number Of Pages: 528

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"Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics" provides a broad theoretical framework upon which graduate students and upper-level undergraduates can formulate an understanding of the processes that control the mean concentration and distribution of biologically utilized elements and compounds in the ocean. Though it is written as a textbook, it will also be of interest to more advanced scientists as a wide-ranging synthesis of our present understanding of ocean biogeochemical processes.

The first two chapters of the book provide an introductory overview of biogeochemical and physical oceanography. The next four chapters concentrate on processes at the air-sea interface, the production of organic matter in the upper ocean, the remineralization of organic matter in the water column, and the processing of organic matter in the sediments. The focus of these chapters is on analyzing the cycles of organic carbon, oxygen, and nutrients.

The next three chapters round out the authors' coverage of ocean biogeochemical cycles with discussions of silica, dissolved inorganic carbon and alkalinity, and CaCO3. The final chapter discusses applications of ocean biogeochemistry to our understanding of the role of the ocean carbon cycle in interannual to decadal variability, paleoclimatology, and the anthropogenic carbon budget. The problem sets included at the end of each chapter encourage students to ask critical questions in this exciting new field. While much of the approach is mathematical, the math is at a level that should be accessible to students with a year or two of college level mathematics and/or physics.

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"This textbook is a monumental and masterful achievement, and the authors should be congratulated both for taking on this important task and for the end result... Every serious student and post-doc in this discipline, and all senior practitioners, should purchase or borrow a copy of this book and read it from cover to cover."--David M. Karl, Bulletin of the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography "Readers of Environmental Conservation with an interest in marine biogeochemistry and earth system science are encouraged to purchase or borrow this book. It is a comprehensive text on a complex and timely topic, and is one that will enlighten students and professionals alike. The authors are to be congratulated on their tour-de-force."--Peter Burkill, Environmental Conservation

Preface xi
Introductionp. 1
Chemical Composition of the Oceanp. 1
Distribution of Chemicals in the Oceanp. 7
Chapter Conclusion and Outline of Book 15
Problemsp. 16
Tracer Conservation and Ocean Transportp. 19
Tracer Conservation Equationp. 19
Advection and Diffusion Componentsp. 19
Application to Box Modelsp. 22
Wind-Driven Circulationp. 23
Equations of Motionp. 27
Ekman Transportp. 28
Gyre Circulationp. 30
Wind-Driven Circulation in the Stratified Oceanp. 33
Basic Conceptsp. 34
Ocean Stratificationp. 34
Geostrophic Equationsp. 37
Gyre Circulation with Stratificationp. 37
Insights from the Potential Vorticity Distributionp. 38
Insights from Tracersp. 39
Insights from the Thermal Wind Relationshipp. 42
Deep Ocean Circulationp. 46
Observationsp. 46
Modelsp. 52
Summary of Deep Ocean Circulationp. 57
Time-Varying Flowsp. 59
Mesoscale Variabilityp. 60
Interannual to Decadal Variabilityp. 61
Tropical Variabilityp. 61
Extratropical Variabilityp. 66
Problemsp. 69
Air-Sea Interfacep. 73
Introductionp. 73
Gas Solubilitiesp. 75
Gas Exchangep. 80
Stagnant Film Modelp. 81
Laboratory Studiesp. 83
Field Studiesp. 86
Gas Transfer Velocity Modelsp. 89
Applicationsp. 95
Problemsp. 100
Organic Matter Productionp. 102
Introductionp. 102
Nutrient Supplyp. 105
Lightp. 111
Efficiency of the Biological Pumpp. 111
Outlinep. 114
Ecosystem Processesp. 115
Nutrientsp. 115
Composition of Organic Matterp. 115
Limiting Nutrientp. 117
Paradigm of Surface Ocean Nitrogen Cyclingp. 117
Phytoplanktonp. 123
Classification of Organismsp. 123
Phytoplankton Distribution and Productivityp. 128
Modeling Photosynthesisp. 131
Zooplanktonp. 135
Bacteriap. 137
Analysis of Ecosystem Behaviorp. 138
Role of Light Supplyp. 139
Classical Ecosystem Modelsp. 142
N-P Model--Bottom-up Limitationp. 142
N-P-Z Model--Top-Down Limitationp. 144
Adding the Microbial Loopp. 146
Multiple Size Class Ecosystem Modelsp. 147
The Modelp. 147
Influence of Micronutrientsp. 149
Applicationsp. 150
North Pacific versus North Atlanticp. 152
Oligotrophic Regionp. 155
A Synthesisp. 157
The Regeneration Loopp. 158
The Export Pathwayp. 158
The Role of Ironp. 160
Conclusionsp. 162
Problemsp. 168
Organic Matter Export and Remineralizationp. 173
Introductionp. 173
Nutrient and Oxygen Distributionsp. 173
Remineralizaton Reactionsp. 178
Preformed and Remineralized Componentsp. 179
Dissolved and Particulate Organic Matterp. 180
Outlinep. 181
Oxygenp. 181
Separation of Preformed and Remineralized Componentsp. 181
Deep Ocean Oxygen Utilization Ratesp. 182
Thermocline Oxygen Utilization Ratesp. 183
Nitrogen and Phosphorusp. 186
Stoichiometric Ratiosp. 186
Phosphatep. 188
The Nitrogen Cyclep. 189
N* as a Tracer of Denitrificationp. 189
N* as a Tracer of N2 Fixationp. 195
The Oceanic Nitrogen Budgetp. 196
Nitrous Oxidep. 197
Organic Matter Cyclingp. 200
Particulate Organic Matterp. 200
Overviewp. 200
Particle Fluxp. 203
The Role of Ballastp. 206
Particle Remineralizationp. 207
Models of Particle Interactionsp. 209
Dissolved Organic Matterp. 211
Modelsp. 215
Model Developmentp. 215
Sensitivity Studiesp. 217
Applications: Control of Oceanic Oxygenp. 221
Problemsp. 222
Remineralization and Burial in the Sedimentsp. 227
Introductionp. 227
Observationsp. 227
Sediment Properties and Processesp. 229
Remineralization Reactionsp. 233
Sediment Diagenesis Modelsp. 236
Pore Watersp. 237
Solidsp. 241
Remineralizationp. 245
Oxic Sedimentsp. 246
Anoxic Sedimentsp. 250
Dissolved Organic Carbonp. 253
Burialp. 255
The Substratep. 255
The Oxidantp. 256
Protection by Mineral Adsorptionp. 257
Synthesisp. 258
Organic Matter Budgetp. 260
Problemsp. 267
Silicate Cyclep. 270
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ISBN: 9780691017075
ISBN-10: 0691017077
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 20th May 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.8 x 22.0  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 1.67