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Publication Date

Fall 2007

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Moss Landing Marine Laboratories


Gary Greene

Subject Areas

Biology, Ecology; Biogeochemistry; Environmental Sciences


A towed, chemical sensor platform and a diver-based, automated imaging system were developed to characterize seafloor morphologies and coral architecture across centimeter to kilometer spatial scales and resolve sub-meter variability in ambient ocean chemistry across basin scale seascapes. Quantitative, thematic, water chemistry maps and benthic habitat mosaics were generated from high resolution underwater mass spectrometry and stereo, 3-D digital reef imagery. Integrated analysis of data from satellite sensors, SCUBA surveys, video sampling, and a moored observatory were used in concert to validate biogeochemical and structural comparisons of coral habitats surrounding Parque Nacional Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Pacific Panama.