An-AUV Based Investigation of the Role of Nutrient Variability in the Predictive Modeling of Physical Processes in the Littoral Ocean
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SAINT PETERSBURG COLL OF MARINE SCIENCE
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Our principal long-term goal is to assess the effectiveness of nutrients as tracers of geophysical fields in the oligotrophic littoral ocean, utilizing various sampling and measurement protocols in a feedback approach with a prognostic physicalbiogeochemical model. Ultimately, relevant nutrient gradients are to be measured by a nutrient-sensor package aboard an AUV, and so this capability is also a long-term goal. The nutrients to be studied are dissolved nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia because these have the greatest prospect of exhibiting variations that might be useful as tracers.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Submarine Engineering
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods