Processes Affecting the Variability of Fluorescence Signals from Benthic Targets in Shallow Waters
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ INST OF MARINE AND COASTAL SCIENCE
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LONG-TERM GOAL. Our major theme is to understand and to qualify processes that contribute to fluorescence emission from benthic targets in the coastal and shallow waters with the overarching goal of developing parametrization schemes that optically detect anthropogenic objects. SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVE 1. To identify the sources of variations in the effective absorption cross sections of target molecules and of fluorescence lifetimes and by inference, quantum yields of individual chromophores, and to provide an interpretive understanding of how physical, chemical, and biological variability affects these optical properties. 2. To determine the extent and variability in the coupling of absorbed radiation to the fluorescence emission spectrum, and the development of biophysical radiative transfer models that predict the latter from the former in a variety of benthic environments. 3. To develop an understanding of the spatial and temporal variability in benthic and optical signals.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography