Cambridge University Press, 2011. — 892 p.Pigments act as tracers to elucidate the composition and fate of phytoplankton in the world’s oceans and are often associated with important biogeochemical cycles related to, for example, carbon dynamics in the oceans. They are increasingly used in in situ and remote-sensing applications, detecting algal biomass and major taxa through changes in water colour (associated with changes in algal pigments). This book is a follow-up to the 1997 volume Phytoplankton Pigments in Oceanography, edited by Jeffrey, Mantoura and Wright (UNESCO Press). Since then, there have been many advances and discoveries concerning phytoplankton pigments and it is widely recognized – as concluded by a recent meeting supported by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) – that these should be brought together in a new book to update the user community. This book includes recent discoveries on several new algal classes, particularly for the picoplankton, and on new pigments. It also includes many advances in methodologies, including liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and developments and updates on the mathematical methods used to exploit pigment information and extract the composition of phytoplankton communities. The book includes seven sections: (1) Algal chlorophylls and carotenoids, (2) Methodology guidance, (3) Water-soluble ‘pigments’, (4) Selected pigment applications in oceanography, (5) Future perspectives, (6) Aids for practical laboratory work, and (7) Phytoplankton pigments data sheets. Electronic versions of the data sheets, plus extra and extended Appendices, are also available online at www.cambridge.org/phytoplankton. The book is invaluable primarily as a reference for students, researchers and professionals in aquatic science, biogeochemistry and remote sensing.
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