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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LONG-TERM GOAL. 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 of the quantum yield of photosynthesis and affect the fluorescent signatures of the algal symbionts as will changes in the temperature of the surrounding seawater. Since the reef environment is very dynamic, the challenge is to understand what environmental factors are responsible for the greatest variability in these fluorescent optical signatures at small to large scales and understand sufficiently to model them over spacte and time.
- Biological Oceanography