Dynamics and Characterization of Marine Organic Matter

  • Nobuhiko Handa
  • Eiichiro Tanoue
  • Takeo Hama

Part of the Ocean Sciences Research (OSR) book series (OCRE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Production of Organic Matter in Upper Ocean

  3. Flux and Characterization of Particulate Organic Matter

  4. Decomposition and Transformation of Organic Matter

    1. Keiichi Ohta, Yayoi Inomata, Atsushi Sano, Koichi Sugimura
      Pages 213-229
    2. Hiroshi Sakugawa, Akira Takami, Hiroshi Kawai, Kazuhiko Takeda, Kitao Fujiwara, Shizuko Hirata
      Pages 231-240
  5. Characterization and Reactivity of Bulk and Specific Organic Compounds

  6. Air-Sea Interactions of Biogenic Gases and Organic Matter

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 561-561

About this book


Over the past decade the scientific activities of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS), which focuses on the role of the oceans in controlling climate change via the transport and storage of greenhouse gases and organic matter, have led to an increased interest in the study of the biogeochemistry of organic matter. There is also a growing interest in global climate fluctuations. This, and the need for a precise assessment of the dynamics of carbon and other bio-elements, has led to a demand for an improved understanding of biogeochemical processes and the chemical characteristics of both particulate and dissolved organic matter in the ocean.
A large amount of proxy data has been published describing the changes of the oceanic environment, but qualitative and quantitative estimates of the vertical flux of (proxy) organic compounds have not been well documented. There is thus an urgent need to pursue this line of study and, to this end, this book starts with several papers dealing with the primary production of organic matter in the upper ocean. Thereafter, the book goes on to follow the flux and characterization of particulate organic matter, discussed in relation to the primary production in the euphotic zone and resuspension in the deep waters, including the vertical flux of proxy organic compounds. It goes on to explain the decomposition and transformation of organic matter in the ocean environment due to photochemical and biological agents, and the reactivity of bulk and specific organic compounds, including the air-sea interaction of biogenic gases.
The 22 papers in the book reflect the interests of JGOFS and will thus serve as a valuable reference source for future biogeochemical investigations of both bio-elements and organic matter in seawater, clarifying the role of the ocean in global climate change.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nobuhiko Handa
    • 1
  • Eiichiro Tanoue
    • 2
  • Takeo Hama
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Information Science and TechnologyAichi Prefectural UniversityAichi-gunJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Hydrospheric-Atmospheric SciencesNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  3. 3.Institute of Biological SciencesTsukuba UniversityTsukubaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5451-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1319-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1025
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