Due to its particular characteristics, the Mediterranean Sea is often viewed as a microcosm of the World Ocean. Its proportionally-reduced dimensions and peculiar hydrological circulation render it susceptible to environmental and climatic constraints, which are rapidly evolving. The Mediterranean is therefore an ideal site to examine, in order to better understand a number of key oceanographic phenomena. This is especially true of the Ligurian Sea where, due to its geology, oceanic conditions are found close to the coast.
As such, 30 years ago, an offshore time-series site provided a fresh impetus to a long history of marine biology research, which has generated a very important body of data and knowledge. This is the first volume, in a two-volume series, that summarizes this research. Across these two books, the reader will find 13 chapters that examine the geology, physics, chemistry and biology of the Ligurian Sea ? always with the goal of providing key elements of oceanography in a changing world.
1. The Development of Knowledge of the Ligurian Sea, Paul Nival.
2. The Ligurian Basin: A Geomorphologic and Geological Background, Jean Mascle, Sébastien Migeon and Virginie Hassoun.
3. Physical Oceanography of the Ligurian Sea, Louis Prieur, Fabrizio D'Ortenzo, Vincent Taillandier and Pierre Testor.
4. The Carbonate System in the Ligurian Sea, Laurent Coppola, Jacqueline Boutin, Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Dominique Lefevre and Nicolas Metzl.
5. Emission Sources, Fluxes and Spatiotemporal Distribution of Nutritive Resources, Christophe Migon, Orens Pasqueron De Fommervault and Fayçal Kessouri.
6. Primary Production in the Ligurian Sea, Nicolas Mayot, Paul Nival and Marina Levy.
7. Pelagic Viruses, Bacteria and Archaea, Markus Weinbauer and Branko Velimirov.
Christophe Migon is Assistant Professor at Sorbonne University in the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) in France. His research focuses on nutrient and trace metal dynamics, with particular attention to atmospheric deposition and air–sea exchanges.
Paul Nival is Emeritus Professor at Sorbonne University in the LOV. His research focuses on biological oceanography, copepod physiology, marine ecosystem modeling and the history of marine sciences.
Antoine Sciandra is a Research Director at the CNRS in the LOV. His research focuses on zoo- and phytoplankton ecophysiology, biological process modelling and microalgae enhancement.
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