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Coastal Biogeochemical Cycles

  • Jing Zhang
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_137-3


The “Coastal Biogeochemical Cycles” is dealing with the transformation of chemical speciation of elements (i.e., chemical form and valence) and flow (e.g., flux) of materials between biotic and abiotic compartments of coastal and marine environments (here after the coastal ocean) that is defined by landmass (e.g., continents) on one side and the open ocean on another side. The study of biogeochemical cycles in this domain needs an approach that provides an integrated view of the physical, biological, geological, and chemical aspects of materials in the changing marine environment.


Our understanding of the ocean was built up along with the ambition of navigation and exploration of marine resources by human beings that started more than 2000 years ago. The coastal ocean, because of its proximity to the land, is the marine environment that has been extensively explored by our human societies. For instance, about 1,500 years ago, our ancestors from Asia started to...


Open Ocean Biogeochemical Cycle Coastal Environment Ocean Acidification Coastal Ocean 
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The author expresses gratitude to Profs. Jan Harff and Bodo von Bodungen for their review comments to improve the original manuscript of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina