Note on the Role of Vertical Mixing in Relation to Effects of UV Radiation on the Marine Environment

  • Gunnar Kullenberg
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


Considering that the penetration depths of UV radiation into the sea are limited, and in particular as regards the levels at which UV radiation appears to be markedly harmful to marine organisms, the possible role of vertical mixing is discussed in relation to assessing harmful effects of UV radiation. The vertical mixing varies strongly in time and space, implying large variations of residence times of organisms in the near-surface layer. Periods of weak vertical mixing often coincide with periods of high biological activity.


Heat Input Surface Mixed Layer Calm Condition Larval Anchovy European Continent Shelf 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar Kullenberg
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  1. 1.Institute of Physical OceanographyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen N.Denmark

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