In-Water Instrumentation for Measurement of Phytoplankton Optical Properties
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE
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My long-term scientific goal is to contribute to the understanding of the causes and consequences of variability of phytoplankton optical properties in the coastal zone. The objective of this project is the purchase a suite of in-water, optical instruments and computers for data acquisition and analysis that will allow me to examine, in situ, the optical properties of phytoplankton. Of particular interest is the spectral shape of the phytoplankton absorption coefficient, a coefficient that is highly variable among coastal phytoplankton assemblages. The variability in the phytoplankton coefficient constitutes one of the greatest challenges to the extraction and correct identification of in-water optical properties from hyperspectral, remote-sensing measurements.
- Biological Oceanography