Accession Number : ADA630542


Title :   Radiative Transfer in Seagrass Canopies


Descriptive Note : Annual rept.


Corporate Author : MOSS LANDING MARINE LABS CA


Personal Author(s) : Zimmerman, Richard C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a630542.pdf


Report Date : 30 Sep 1999


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : The overall objective of this study is to develop models of radiative transfer for optically shallow waters with benthic substrates colonized by submerged plant canopies (seagrasses and seaweeds). Such models will enable the quantitative prediction of upward spectral radiation from vegetated seabeds, thereby permitting (i) the use of optical remote sensing to retrieve bathymetry, (ii) the search for submerged objects of anthropogenic origin and (iii) the mapping of submarine resource distribution and abundance in coastal waters. These models will also have important applications for predicting irradiance levels within SAV canopies, a task necessary for accurate determination of light requirements and photosynthetic productivity of these ecologically important, but increasingly vulnerable coastal resources.


Descriptors :   *AQUATIC PLANTS , *RADIATIVE TRANSFER , ALGORITHMS , IN SITU ANALYSIS , MODELS , OCEAN BOTTOM , PREDICTIONS , REFLECTANCE , REMOTE DETECTION , SHALLOW WATER , SUBSTRATES


Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography
      Thermodynamics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE