Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 14 Issue 03

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Volume 14, No. 3
Pages 96 - 97


BOOK REVIEW • The Effects of UV Radiation in the Marine Environment

By John J. Cullen 
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Interest in the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the marine environment surged after the Antarctic ozone hole was discovered in the mid 1980s. Much of the ensuing research has focused on quantifying the potential influence of stratospheric ozone depletion on primary productivity, the survival of marine organisms, food web processes and biogeochemical cycling. Generally, this problem is approached by using experiments to assess the wavelength-dependent biological or photochemical effects of UV radiation (280 - 400 nm), especially UV-B (280 - 320 nm). Properly quantified results can be used in models to estimate the impacts of UV in nature and how they would differ in response to enhanced UV-B associated with ozone depletion.


Cullen, J.J. 2001. Review of The Effects of UV Radiation in the Marine Environment, edited by S. de Mora, S. Demers, and M. Vernet. Oceanography 14(3):96–97, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2001.31.

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