Aquatic Humic Substances

Ecology and Biogeochemistry

  • Dag O. Hessen
  • Lars J. Tranvik

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 133)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Humic Substances as Ecosystem Modifiers — Introduction

    1. Dag O. Hessen, Lars J. Tranvik
      Pages 1-6
  3. Biogeochemical Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Diane M. McKnight, George R. Aiken
      Pages 9-39
    3. Espen Lydersen
      Pages 63-92
  4. Humus, Light Regimes and Primary Production

  5. Humus and Secondary Production

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 343-348

About this book


Humic substances occur in all kinds of aquatic systems, but are particularly important in northern, coniferous areas. They strongly modify the aquatic ecosystems and also constitute a major problem in the drinking water supply.
This volume covers all aspects of aquatic humic substances, from their origin and chemical properties, their effects on light and nutrient regimes and biogeochemical cycling, to their role regarding organisms, productivity and food web organization from bacteria to fish. Special emphasis is paid to carbon cycling and food web organization in humic lakes, but aspects of marine carbon cycling related to humus are treated as well.


Humus Kohlenstoffkreislauf Limnologie Water supply aquatic ecology bacteria chemistry ecology ecosystem ecosystems enzymes geochemistry nutrient cycling phytoplankton plankton

Editors and affiliations

  • Dag O. Hessen
    • 1
  • Lars J. Tranvik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Div. LimnologyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Water and Environmental StudiesLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08362-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-03736-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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