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Volume 30, No. 2
Pages 128 - 131


Using Bio-Optics to Reveal Phytoplankton Physiology from a Wirewalker Autonomous Platform

Melissa M. Omand Ivona Cetinić Andrew J. Lucas
Article Abstract

Rapid, wave-powered profiling of bio-optical properties from an autonomous Wirewalker platform provides useful insights into phytoplankton physiology, including the patterns of diel growth, phytoplankton mortality, nonphotochemical quenching of chlorophyll a fluorescence, and natural (sun-induced) fluorescence of mixed communities. Methods are proposed to quantify each of these processes. Such autonomous measurements of phytoplankton physiological rates and responses open up new possibilities for studying phytoplankton in situ, over longer periods, and under a broader range of environmental conditions.


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