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Marine Geochemistry

Ocean Circulation, Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Matthieu Roy-Barman and Catherine Jeandel

08 September 2016

ISBN: 9780198787501

432 pages

In Stock

Price: £40.49

This book provides a simple introduction to the concepts, the methods and the applications of marine geochemistry with a balance between didactic and indepth information.



This book provides a simple introduction to the concepts, the methods and the applications of marine geochemistry with a balance between didactic and indepth information.

  • Self-contained companion for a course on marine geochemistry
  • Comprehesive coverage of a wide variety of interlaced interdisciplinary topics
  • Provides a balance of didactic and indepth information
  • Includes exercises throughout the text, and answers at the end of the book
  • Introduces new topics based on ongoing research programs such as GEOTRACES, Global Carbon Project, Tara Ocean

About the Author(s)

Matthieu Roy-Barman, Professor, Versailles-Saint Quentin University and Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnent, France, and Catherine Jeandel, Research Director, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Laboratoire d'Etude en Geophysique et Oceanographie Spatiale, France

Matthieu Roy-Barman received his Doctorate in Fundamental Geochemistry in 1993 at the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, France. After 2 years of post-doc at the California Institute of Technology, USA, he joined the oceanography laboratory of Toulouse University (LEGOS), France, in 1995 as an assistant professor. In 2002, he moved to the "Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement" and the Versailles University, France, where he is professor since 2005. His research fields the role of marine particles in the ocean biogeochemical cycles and the fate of contaminant in the urban environment together with methodological developments for the analysis of natural radioactive isotopes.

Catherine Jeandel obtained a PhD in marine geochemistry at Paris VII University, France, and later a research position at CNRS. She moved in 1985 to the University of Toulouse, France, where she is working in the "Toulouse Isotopie Marine" research group of the Laboratoire d'Etudes en Geophysique et Océanographie Spatiale (LEGOS). Her research is focused on quantifying the fluxes and processes that govern the chemical state of the ocean. She stands among the pioneers in developing trace element and their isotope analyses for seawater and marine particles. With other marine geochemists, she advocates multi-tracer approaches to resolve oceanic processes, yielding the ongoing international GEOTRACES program.

Table of Contents

    1:A few bases of descriptive and physical oceanograph
    2:Sea water is more than salt water
    3:Stable isotopes
    4:Radioactive isotopes and radiogenic isotopes
    5:Box models
    6:Advection-diffusion models
    7:Development and limitations of biological activity in surface waters
    8:CO2 exchanges between the ocean and the atmosphere
    9:The little world marine particles
    10:Thermohaline circulation
    11:Ocean history and climate change


"Material is presented at an advanced level, with excellent figures and separate boxes for mathematical derivations. The book is appropriate as an advanced graduate text and as a resource for researchers... Recommended." - CHOICE

"Marine Geochemistry provides the fundamental and novel concepts to study and understand the cycle of chemical constituents in the ocean. An excellent book for students and teachers interested in the oceans role in the earth climate system spiked with numerous great exercises." - Frank Norbert, Heidelberg University, Germany

"This text will certainly become a classroom standard for training new generations of marine geochemists and inspire their amazing research to come." - Brian Haley, Elements Magazine

"This as an excellent toolkit (with instruction manual included!) for any budding geochemist starting out in postgraduate study or for more 'seasoned folk' who want a good text for working with a variety of elements and isotopes in marine science. It is packed full of great figures to illustrate the oceanographic concepts discussed." - Simon Ussher, Ocean Challenge

"It is a fantastic introductory text to a crucial area of Earth science suitable for the undergraduate or graduate student alike but it is so much more than that. It is also a great companion for seasoned researchers who want to acquaint themselves with the latest theoretical breakthroughs in the field or to gain a good overview of a new area of ocean science." - Richard Sanders, Holocene book review