Bio-Optical Response and Coupling with Physical Processes in the Lombok Strait Region
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES DEPT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
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Our overarching long term goal is to understand the coupling of bio-optical processes and properties with physical processes in ocean regions of strong physical forcing. Strong physical forcing can include several processes such as wind forcing, tidal forcing, and in the case of this project, flow through archipelagos. In addition, we desire to understand the relationship between optical signatures and the components of the water column e.g. sediments, phytoplankton and dissolved organic material that create these signatures. Biological, chemical, geochemical, and geological processes contribute to these signatures. We desire to couple these in-the-water signatures with remotely sensed ocean color such that the remotely sensed observations can be used to interpret the processes occurring in a dynamic region where in situ observations are not always possible. The primary goals of this study are to understand 1. The three-dimensional distribution of inherent optical properties in the Philippine archipelago, a relatively unexplored region of the world ocean for which relatively little optical data exist. 2. The coupling of bio-optical properties with the physical processes that contribute to and result from the dynamics of flow through straits and steep topography. 3. Relationship between the surface expression of three-dimensional ocean processes and the interior processes. 4. The contribution of dissolved and particulate matter to in-water optical properties and their effect on ocean color remote sensing.
- Biological Oceanography
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography