Final Technical Report, Grant Number NAG5-8674, July 14, 2005.
The original proposal focused on the linkages between in-water physical, biological and optical dynamics and to assess the degree to which remote sensing could be applied. These areas were approached during the 2001 sampling season and with follow on studies, as part of the extension of the grant through the PECASE award, there are three specific areas of work that have evolved from these original efforts. The first is a further examination of the coherence between convergence zones, general current patterns and spatial distribution of in-water biological signals (phytoplankton). The second is a remote sensing focus, attempting to define the critical spatial scales for biology in the coastal environment and the third, which is related, is developing a new tool for in situ spatial validation of remotely sensed products. For clarity, this final technical report will begin with a general description of the sampling effort followed by results from these three areas and products produced by this project.