Accession Number:

ADA609874

Title:

High-Resolution Temporal Sampling of the Nearshore Vertical Structure of Bioluminescence

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIV SAN LUIS OBISPO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

My long-term goal is to advance our understanding of the ecology of bioluminescent organisms and the mechanisms governing the temporal and depth-dependent variability of bioluminescence in the coastal ocean. With improvements in technology, finer-scale resolution and concurrent physical, chemical and biological data, I will examine the predictability of bioluminescence events in the nearshore coastal ocean. propose to integrate a real-time bioluminescence capability into the existing observation network in the coastal waters off New Jersey. Obtaining high-resolution vertical structure of bioluminescence in conjunction with a suite of ongoing physical, chemical and biological measurements will advance our understanding of the mechanisms governing the temporal and depth-dependent variability of bioluminescence in the coastal ocean. Specifically I propose three objectives To adapt, fabricate and deploy a moored bioluminescence system on a robotic node 5 km off the central coast of New Jersey. To quantify the physical, chemical and biological processes that define the spatial and temporal variability in bioluminescence for the nearshore coastal ocean, focusing on features associated with recurrent coastal upwelling. To take advantage of the vertical structure time series in conjunction with ancillary measurements to identify the significant bioluminescent organisms and define the physical forcing of phytoplankton communities during summer upwelling events.

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE