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Aquatic ecosystems: effects of solar ultraviolet radiation and interactions with other climatic change factors

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Abstract

Aquatic ecosystems are a key component of the Earth's biosphere. A large number of studies document substantial impact of solar UV radiation on individual species, yet considerable uncertainty remains with respect to assessing impacts on ecosystems. Several studies indicate that the impact of increased UV radiation appears relatively low when considering overall ecosystem response, while, in contrast, effects on individual species show considerable responses. Ecosystem response to climate variability incorporates both synergistic and antagonistic processes with respect to UV-related effects, significantly complicating understanding and prediction at the ecosystem level. The impact of climate variability on UV-related effects often becomes manifest via indirect effects such as reduction in sea ice, changes in water column bio-optical characteristics, changes in cloud cover and shifts in oceanographic biogeochemical provinces.

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The article was first published on 10 Jan 2003


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B211160H
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2003,2, 39-50

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    Aquatic ecosystems: effects of solar ultraviolet radiation and interactions with other climatic change factors

    D. Häder, H. D. Kumar, R. C. Smith and R. C. Worrest, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2003, 2, 39
    DOI: 10.1039/B211160H

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