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Marine Optics

Water absorbs substantially more light than does air and does so with a strong spectral bias. Dissolved organic materials add further to attenuation, again with a strong spectral bias. Water also suspends particles more effectively than does air, so light scattering also changes the quantity, polarization and spectral character of underwater light fields from what one experiences in air. How light propagates in turn determines how deeply the oceans are heated and to what depths primary production is possible. The quantity and spectral quality of light often limit primary production and influence the results of visual predation further up the food web as well as UV damage to DNA of near-surface plankton. Understanding light propagation is essential to in situ and remote sensing of temperature, salinity and phytoplankton standing crops and dynamics. UMaine has an unusual concentration of scientists skilled in various aspects and applications of marine optics.

Participating Faculty

 

Emmanuel Boss

Emmanuel Boss

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Interests: biological-physical interactions, geophysical fluid dynamics, Lagrangian and Eulerian dynamics and kinematics, marine optics, marine acoustics, remote sensing, mesoscale (fronts, jets, and eddies) dynamics, mixed-layer dynamics, science teaching methodology, Oceanography, Ocean Observing systems, Ocean Modeling and prediction.
emmanuel.boss@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4378

Fei Chai

Fei Chai

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Fisheries Sciences, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Marine Biogeochemistry, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
fchai@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4317

Lee Karp-Boss

Lee Karp-Boss

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Phycology, Marine Physiological Ecology, Marine Optics, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
lee.karp-boss@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.4305

Lawrence Mayer

Lawrence Mayer

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Interests: Marine Biogeochemistry, Benthic Oceanography, Environmental Oceanography
lmayer@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5118

Mary Jane Perry

Mary Jane Perry

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Interests: Biological-Physical Interactions, Phycology, Ocean Observing Systems, Marine Physiological Ecology, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Optics, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
perrymj@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.5339

Mark Wells

Mark Wells

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Interests: Phytoplankton Physiology, Trace Metals, Iron, Marine Biogeochemistry, Iron Limitation, CDOM, Sensors, Harmful Algal Blooms, Biological-Physical Interactions, Marine Aquaculture, Marine Optics, Marine Physiological Ecology, Ocean Observing Systems, Biological Oceanography, Marine Climate Change
mlwells@maine.edu
Phone: (207) 581-4322

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