In-Situ Observation of Irradiance and Time-Dependent Changes in Phytoplankton Absorption Coefficients
MAINE UNIV AT WALPOLE DARLING MARINE CENTER
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My long-term goal is to understand the mechanisms response for the variability in phytoplankton abundance, optical properties, and rates of primary production. Optics provides a power tool for observing phytoplankton and their dynamics in-situ. The objectives of the study were to determine the changes in the absorption coefficients of photoprotective pigments in response to changing irradiance and to evaluate the role of in-situ phytoplantkon growth in the maintenance of optically-thin layers in East Sound, Washington.
- Biological Oceanography