Accession Number:

ADA626467

Title:

CoBOP Coral Reefs: Optical Closure of a Coral Reef Submarine Light Field

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

BIGELOW LAB FOR OCEAN SCIENCES WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR ME

Report Date:

2002-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Our long-term goal concerns the application of biological optics to the interpretation of changes in the color of the ocean, with specific reference to the interaction between oceanographic processes and the time and space distributions of suspended and submerged biota. Central to this goal is the attainment of optical closure, i.e. understanding the important factors which affect the attenuation and reflectance of light from the water column, such as tidal variability, and the optical properties of benthic marine organisms. We seek to develop new bio-optical methods and to identify the potentials and limitations of bio-optical methods for the measurement of growth, biomass and biodiversity in benthic marine photosynthetic organisms.

Subject Categories:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE