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This volume provides a state-of-the-art summary of biogeochemical dynamics at major river-coastal interfaces for advanced students and researchers. River systems play an important role (via the carbon cycle) in the natural self-regulation of Earth's surface conditions by serving as a major sink for anthropogenic CO2. Approximately 90 percent of global carbon burial occurs in ocean margins, with the majority of this thought to be buried in large delta-front estuaries (LDEs). This book provides information on how humans have altered carbon cycling, sediment dynamics, CO2 budgets, wetland dynamics, and nutrients and trace element cycling at the land-margin interface. Many of the globally important LDEs are discussed across a range of latitudes, elevation and climate in the drainage basin, coastal oceanographic setting, and nature and degree of human alteration. It is this breadth of examination that provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the overarching controls on major river biogeochemistry.
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A state-of-the-art, comprehensive synthesis of biogeochemical dynamics at major river-coastal interfaces for advanced students and researchers. It presents a unique perspective on how humans have altered these systems, as well as the implications of these changes on issues as diverse as the health of fisheries and the global carbon budget.About the Author:
Thomas S. Bianchi is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he holds the Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences. His general areas of expertise are organic geochemistry, biogeochemical dynamics of aquatic food chains, carbon cycling in estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and biochemical markers of colloidal and particulate organic carbon. He has published more than 130 articles in refereed journals and four books, including Biogeochemistry of Gulf of Mexico Estuaries (1999, lead co-editor with Pennock and Twilley), Biogeochemistry of Estuaries (2007), Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (2010, co-author with Dale et al.) and Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems (2011, lead co-author with Canuel). In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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