The biological productivity of the oceans is of central importance to a world concerned about climate change. Marine phtoplankton comprise a quarter of the world's vegetation and chlorophyll is the most frequently (but not always perfectly) measured biochemical parameter in aquatic science. This volume includes everything an oceanographer needs to know in how to measure and identify pigments as well as select the best methods of quality control.
This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Pacific Islands region, which comprises more than 20 island nations or territories that exhibit enormous geomorphological, climatic, cultural and demographic diversity within a vast oceanic expanse.
This well-illustrated book covers the work of many scientists and explorers throughout history and across the globe, who devoted their lives to study the oceans and coasts. Topics range from very early Chinese nautical inventions and tidal observations to the many and varied scientific research and exploration campaigns carried out in recent centuries.
The draft of this report was peer reviewed by numerous specialists with different scientific backgrounds, managers and policy-makers. Their comments and suggestions were taken into account prior to endorsement of the report by the session of GESAMP in May 2000, and their contributions are hereby acknowledged with appreciation.