Coastal Benthic Optical Properties (CoBOP) of Coral Reef Environments: Effects of Changes in the Spectral Quality and Quantity of the Underwater Light Field and Elevated Temperatures on Small Scale (0.01 to 0.1 m) Optical Properties of Corals
NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIV DURHAM
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My principal goal is to understand the mechanistic basis for changes in the flourescent signatures, both host and algal symbiont, of corals. Changes in the spectral quantity and quality of visible and ultraviolet radiation will have effects on the quantum yield of photosynthesis and affect the fluorescent signatures of the algal symbionts as will changes in the temperature of the surrounding seawater. Additionally, I wish to relate bottom reflectance measurements of coral reefs to hyperspectral remote sensing reflectance measurements made from buoys or airborne platforms.
- Biological Oceanography