The Effects of Water Depth on Short-term Biofouling of Introduced Substrates
BIGELOW LAB FOR OCEAN SCIENCES WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR ME
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Our goal is to interpret changes in the characteristics of elastic and inelastic light scatter from submerged substrates colonized by biological organisms. We wish to determine the changes in optical properties that occur with the settlement and succession of sessile organisms and their associated biofilms and to develop an optical model that can predict the magnitude and characteristics of the biota and their ability to disguise man-made objects placed on the seafloor.