Accession Number:

ADA556131

Title:

Long Term Dinoflagellate Bioluminescence, Chlorophyll, And Their Environmental Correlates In Southern California Coastal Waters

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER PACIFIC SAN DIEGO CA

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Report Date:

2012-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

While many oceanographic studies have focused on the distribution of bioluminescence in the marine environment Stukalin 1934, Tarasov 1956, Seliger et al. 1961, Clarke and Kelly 1965, Bityukov 1967, Lapota and Losee 1984, Swift et al. 1985, Lapota et al. 1988, Batchelder and Swift 1989, Lapota et al. 1989, Lapota and Rosenberger 1990, Neilson et al. 1995, Ondercin et al. 1995, Swift et al. 1995, little understanding of the seasonality and sources of planktonic bioluminescence in coastal waters and open ocean has emerged. Some previous studies with respect to annual cycles of bioluminescence were severely limited in duration as well as in the methods used to quantify bioluminescence Bityukov 1967, Tett 1971. Only a few studies have measured bioluminescence on an extended basis, and these were short in duration, usually less than 2 years with long intervals between sets of measurements Bityukov 1967, Yentsch and Laird 1968, Tett 1971. Others report data collected at different times of the year Batchelder and Swift 1989, Batchelder et al. 1992, Buskey 1991 but do not address the seasonality of bioluminescence. Thus the detailed temporal variability of bioluminescence has never been characterized continuously over several years. Lack of such long-term studies leaves unanswered important questions regarding the role of bioluminescence in successional phenomena

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE