[Coral-List] Inquiry: Remote sensing detection of zooxanthallae
hochberg at hawaii.edu
Fri Jan 19 17:27:25 EST 2007
To quantify zooxanthellae density based on reflectance measurements,
probably yes, but there is no model for that yet (that I'm aware of).
To distinguish between zooxanthellae strains, doubtful. They all have
the same pigments. There would have to be predictable (and measurable)
differences in the relative pigment concentrations between strains.
These answers are for in situ measurements. The remote sensing answer
is theoretically yes, but operationally no (at the current time).
Andrew Lewin wrote:
> Greetings Coral-listers,
> In general terms, would it be possible to detect, via reflectance,
> zooxanthallae on a coral reef? Additionally, would it be possible to
> identify distinct zooxanthallae species via different reflantance
> Thank you for your time,
> Andrew Lewin, M.Sc.
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