Accession Number:

ADA551752

Title:

Optical Oceanography at Friday Harbor Laboratories

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Our long-term scientific goals are to contribute to the understanding of the optical variability of phytoplankton and to radiative transfer in the ocean. The educational corollary of our long-term goals is to educate a cadre of students who will have synthesized a perspective of the field that will allow them to make a difference in optical oceanography. The objective of this project is to offer an advanced graduate course in optical oceanography that combines in-water and above-water measurement, theory, and models. The course was taught from 20 July to 22 August 1998 at the University of Washingtons Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, Washington State. The course integrated measurement, theory, and models to study underwater and remotely sensed spectral light fields. Course elements included lectures, critical discussions of key papers and concepts, directed laboratories, methods of data analysis, a field sampling program, data assimilation into models, round-table discussions, and collaborative and individual student projects. A special emphasis in summer 1998 was on the integration of in-water optics with hyperspectral aircraft remote sensing of the optically-diverse Case II waters surrounding the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Students had the opportunity to measure spectral radiance, irradiance, water-leaving radiance, absorption and scattering coefficients, and other optical properties in conjunction with a series of aircraft remote-sensing overflights.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Optics
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE