Fundación BBVA
Libro The Role of Marine Biota in the Functioning of the Biosphere, Carlos M. Duarte
Publisher: Fundación BBVA
Collection: Serie Gris
Categories: Oceanography (seas)
Categories: Biodiversity
Language: Inglés
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ISBN: 9788492937202
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Marine biodiversity is fundamental to the functioning of the biosphere. The oceans that cover three quarters of the Earth s surface are populated by plankton communities. In stark contrast to the value society bestows on the role of trees in the survival of our planet, that of plankton communities often goes unnoticed.

This book deals with the importance of oceanic plankton in the evolution of the chemical properties of the biosphere and its particular importance in the regulation of the composition of the atmosphere. These marine organisms are responsible for the formation of carbonate and silica deposits and rocks and therefore contribute to the regulation of the carbon cycle, and of the climate. They are crucial in the regulation of cloud formation and the radiation balance of the planet.

This volume brings together the reflections of a group of internationally renowned researchers on distinct aspects of the role of marine biota in the regulation of global processes: from vast geological time scales, covering the regulation of geological cycles and the evolution of the biosphere, to time scales of just a few days, by which meteorological conditions are determined. The book draws its contents from the 4th BBVA Foundation Cap Salines Lighthouse Coastal Research Station Colloquium on Ecology and Ocean Conservation, coinciding with the celebration of the International Year of Planet Earth.

Carlos M. Duarte is a research professor with the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca (CSIC and University of the Balearic Islands). His research encompasses a wide range of interests, focusing on the ecology of aquatic ecosystems and their role in the functioning
of the biosphere.

Introduction

Susana Agustí

 

1. The Role of Marine Biota in the Biogeochemical and Geological Cycles of Carbon

Will Berelson

 

2. The Role of Marine Biota in the Metabolism of the Biosphere

Carlos M. Duarte, Susana Agustí and Aurore Regaudie-de-Gioux

 

3. How Cyanobacteria Made Planet Earth Habitable (for Humans)

Sergio A. Sañudo-Wilhelmy

 

4. The Role of Marine Biota in the CO2 Balance of the Ocean-Atmosphere System

Jorge L. Sarmiento, Anand Gnanadesikan, Irina Marinov and Richard D. Slater

 

5. The Role of Marine Microbiota in Short-term Climate Regulation

Rafel Simó

 

References

List of Photographs

List of Illustrations

Index

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