Accession Number : ADA332460

Title :   CoBOP Coral Reefs: Optical Closure of a Coral Reef Submarine Light Field

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept

Corporate Author : BIGELOW LAB FOR OCEAN SCIENCES WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR ME

Personal Author(s) : Yentsch, Charlles S. ; Phinney, David A.

PDF Url : ADA332460

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : We have measured input values and coefficients for each interface and layer such that a simple implementation of the model can be tested at several wavelengths throughout the visible spectrum. We argue that with knowledge of the in-water optical properties, spectral reflectance and fluorescence signatures of benthic organisms, water leaving radiances from shallow coastal waters contain ecological information concerning benthic community biomass, primary production and diversity. In addition to the measurements needed to obtain optical closure in shallow coastal waters, we believe that the flow measurements provide a means of predicting when water column optics dominate benthic boundary layer optics.

Descriptors :   *OPTICAL PROPERTIES, *CORAL REEFS, OPTICS, CLOSURES, COASTAL REGIONS, FLUORESCENCE, WATER, BOUNDARY LAYER, SHALLOW WATER, SPECTRA, SIGNATURES, VISIBLE SPECTRA, AQUATIC ORGANISMS, ECOLOGY, BENTHONIC ZONES, BIOMASS CONVERSION.

Subject Categories : Ecology
      Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE