Remote Sensing of Ocean Color in the High Arctic.

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: biology, microbiology, plankton, light absorbance, algae

Principal Investigator: Cota, Glenn (2)
Licence Number: 12638
Organization: University of Tennessee
Licensed Year(s): 1994 1993 1992 1991
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: M. Goldman & T. Sifferd

Objective(s): To measure light absorption and attenuation by microalgae , detritus and dissolved colored organics, and to determine photosynthetic rates of phytoplankton; to develop bio-optical algorithms for ocean color studies by satellite.

Project Description: Light leaving the ocean's surface can be detected remotely by satellite. With the proper conversion factors satellites can tell us the amount & growth of plant material in the oceans. Microscopic plants comprise the base of the marine food chain, serving as food for all animals. Because of their dark coloration plants absorb light & produce heat. We are studying what colors & how much light is absorbed by plants to determine conversion factors for satellites.