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About this book
About this book
The sea-surface microlayer has often been operationally defined as roughly the top 1000 micrometres of the ocean surface. Considerable new research over the past 10 years has led to increased understanding of this vitally important interface between the ocean and the atmosphere, and how it may interact with global change processes. This book offers the first comprehensive review of the physics, chemistry and biology of the surface microlayer in a decade. In addition to a review of these fundamental features, the authors address the potential global marine impacts at the air-sea interface of such phenomena as large-scale atmospheric ozone depletion, climate change and industrial pollution. Environmental scientists, oceanographers and atmospheric scientists interested in global change will welcome this authoritative reference work, at graduate or research level.
Preface; List of contributors; 1. Report group 1: Physical processes in the microlayer and the air-sea exchange of trace gases P. S. Liss, A. J. Watson, E. J. Bock, B. Jaehne, W. E. Asher, N. M. Frew, L. Hasse, G. M. Korenowski, L. Merlivat, L. F. Phillips, P. Schluessel, D. K. Woolf; 2. Report group 2: Biological effects of chemical and radiative change in the sea surface J. T. Hardy, K. A. Hunter, D. Calmet, J. J. Cleary, R. A. Duce, T. L. Forbes, M. L. Gladyshev, G. Harding, J. M. Shenker, P. Tratynek, Y. Zaitsev; 3. Report group 3: Photochemistry in the sea-surface microlayer J. M. C. Plane, N. V. Blough, M. G. Ehrhardt, K. Waters, R. G. Zepp, R. G. Zika; 4. Transport processes in the sea-surface microlayer L. Hasse; 5. The role of organic films in air-sea gas exchange N. M. Frew; 6. Bubbles and their role in gas exchange D. K. Woolf; 7. The physical chemistry of air-sea gas exchange L. F. Phillips; 8. The sea-surface microlayer and its effect on global air-water gas transfer W. Asher; 9. Chemistry of the sea-surface microlayer K. A. Hunter; 10. Biophysics of the surface film of aquatic ecosystems M. L. Gladyshev; 11. Biological effects of chemicals in the sea-surface microlayer J. T. Hardy; 12. Neuston of seas and oceans Y. Zaitsev; 13. Photochemistry in the sea-surface microlayer N. V. Blough; 14. Hydrocarbon breakdown in the sea-surface microlayer M. G. Ehrhardt; 15. Applications of laser technology and laser spectroscopy in studies of the ocean microlayer G. M. Korenowski; 16. Remote sensing of the sea-surface microlayer I. Robinson; Index.
519 pages, 11 b/w photos, 111 line illus, 21 tabs
'! a valuable review of a specialised, but globally important field of work'. The Times Higher Education Supplement 'This is an excellent and well-written book.' Hermann Bange, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry 'This book is a welcome addition ! The Sea Surface and Global Change should be on the bookshelf of those seriously involved in global change research, especially those involved in bio-geochemical cycles. Robert Grossman, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics