Respiration in Aquatic Ecosystems

Paperback | April 15, 2005

EditorPaul del Giorgio, Peter Williams

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Respiration represents the major area of ignorance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle. In spite of its obvious ecological and biogeochemical importance, most oceanographic and limnological textbooks invariably deal with respiration only superficially and as an extension ofproduction and other processes. The objective of this book is to fill this gap and to provide the first comprehensive review of respiration in the major aquatic systems of the biosphere. The introductory chapters review the general importance of respiration in aquatic systems, and deal withrespiration within four key biological components of aquatic systems: bacteria, algae, heterotrophic protists, and zooplankton. The aim of this first part is to provide the backbone for the analysis and interpretation of ecosystem-level respiration in a variety of aquatic environments. The centralchapters of the book review respiration in major aquatic ecosystems including freshwater wetlands, lakes and rivers, estuaries, coastal and open ocean and pelagic ecosystems, as well as respiration in suboxic environments. For each major ecosystem, the corresponding chapter provides a synthesis ofmethods used to assess respiration, outlines the existing information and data on respiration, discusses its regulation and link to biotic and abiotic factors, and finally provides regional and global estimates of the magnitude of respiration. The final chapter provides a general synthesis of theinformation and data provided in the different sections, and further attempts to place aquatic respiration within the context of the global carbon budget.

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Respiration represents the major area of ignorance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle. In spite of its obvious ecological and biogeochemical importance, most oceanographic and limnological textbooks invariably deal with respiration only superficially and as an extension ofproduction and other processes. The objective of th...

Dr Paul del Giorgio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Professor Peter J. LeB. Williams BSc PhD DSc (Birm) is Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK. His research spans the fields of marine chemistry, biogeochemistry and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.69 inPublished:April 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Peter Williams, Paul del Giorgio: Respiration in aquatic ecosystems: history and background2. Gary M. King: Ecophysiology of microbial respiration3. John A. Raven: Respiration in aquatic photolithotrophs4. Tom Fenchel: Respiration in aquatic protists5. Santiago Hernandez-Leon: Zooplankton respiration6. Charlotte L. Roehm: Respiration in wetland ecosystems7. Michael L. Pace, Yves T. Prairie: Respiration in lakes8. Charles S. Hopkinson, Erik M. Smith: Estuarine respiration: an overview of benthic, pelagic and whole system respiration9. Carol Robinson, Peter Williams: Respiration and its measurement in surface marine waters10. Javier Aristegui, Susana Agusti, Jack J. Middelburg, Carlos M. Duarte: Respiration in the mesopelagic and bathypelagic zones of the ocean11. Jack J. Middelburg, Carlos M. Duarte, Jean-PIerre Gattuso: Respiration in coastal benthic communities12. L.A. Codispoti, T. Yoshinari, A.H. Devol: Suboxic respiration in the oceanic water column13. Kevin J. Flynn: Incorporating plankton respiration in models of aquatic ecosystem function14. Paul del Giorgio, Peter Williams: The global significance of respiration in aquatic ecosystems: from single cells to the biosphere