Zooplankton and Phytoplankton Contributors to Bioluminescence in Monterey Bay
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INST MOSS LANDING CA
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My long term goal is to understand and predict the distribution of marine bioluminescence, using the most advanced technology available for measuring light in the sea. I am especially interested in the organisms that cause luminescence, and their relative contributions to the oceanic light-field. My objectives were to measure luminescence and a suite of physical and biological factors across fronts and in varying water masses that typify coastal zones. Toward this end we operated on scales ranging from 20 km to less than 1 km Figure 1. Large scale transects green were used to provide a picture of the area surrounding the study site maximizing the variability in the luminescent signals and sources detected. Medium scale 3-10 km blue transects were repeated over several nights to provide data on variability with time, and fine scale surveys intensive sampling within a 1 km square red were repeated several times during particular nights to examine fine structure and rapid changes in bioluminescence distributions. An overarching objective was to provide data that would fit into the larger modeling efforts which were and will be directed toward this area.
- Biological Oceanography