Colored Dissolved Organic Matter in Sediments and Seagrass Beds and Its Impact on Benthic Optical Properties of Shallow Water Marine Environments - Data Analysis and Synthesis, and Student Support
Final rept. 1 Oct 1996-31 Dec 2003
OLD DOMINION UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION NORFOLK VA
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The optical properties of shallow water coastal environments are a complex function of physical and biogeochemical processes occurring both in sediments and in the water column. Developing models of the optical properties of these environments requires further knowledge of the processes affecting light alteration and modification by biogeochemical reactions in the surficial sediments and at the sediment-water interface. The goal of our work has been to examine one aspect of this problem, namely the impact of dissolved organic matter DOM in sediment pore waters on benthic optical properties.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology