Accession Number:

ADA522160

Title:

An Underwater Bioluminescence Assessment Tool (U-BAT)

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

WESTERN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY LAB INC (WET LABS INC) PHILOMATH OR

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

Our long-term objective for Phase II of our research is the construction of four Underwater Bioluminescence Assessment Tool U-BAT commercial prototypes that have been fully characterized in the laboratory and field, thereby paving the way for widespread use and acceptance of the U-BAT to measure bioluminescence by oceanographers and the Navy. WET Labs will transition the technology, developed at UCSB, into a commercially available version that is small, light weight, platformadaptable and couple it with already proven key bio-optical instruments to provide a single system for wide-scale, cost effective, full water column profile biological discrimination. The envisioned U-BAT will directly address Naval survey and tactical operations in providing a visibility and vulnerability assessment for deployed assets and potential threats. By broadening the use of bioluminescence BL measurements U-BAT will significantly increase general understanding of the roles of BL in oceanic biodynamics. This work directly addresses ONR topic N05-T026 for the need to transition new and novel BL sensing technologies from the research to the commercial realm in order to enable a more comprehensive quantification of the spatial and temporal variability of biogeochemical complexity in coastal and oceanic ecosystems.

Subject Categories:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE