Phytoplankton Imaging and Analysis System: Instrumentation for Field and Laboratory Acquisition, Analysis and WWW/LAN-Based Sharing of Marine Phytoplankton Data (DURIP)
Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
*PIAL(PLANKTON IMAGING AND ANALYSIS LABORATORY)
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AbstractOur long term goal is to understand the ecology of phytoplankton, especially the large, colonial diatoms which frequently dominate the flora of coastal shelves, upwelling areas, fjords and banks. We are interested in ways in which species-specific properties, including cell and colony size and shape interact with physical mixing processes to regulate the spatio-temporal distribution of diatoms. We wish to understand these processes in sufficient detail to be able to predict bloom dynamics, size structure, and the impact of species-specific characteristics of the phytoplankton on ocean optics. This award addresses that goal by providing instrumentation and computer systems which facilitate the processes of: (1) acquiring images of the different kinds of plankton which are present in our samples, (2) electronically sharing those images (data) via the world-wide-web (WWW), or local networks (LAN), (3) quantifying size, shape, and other parameters of plankton cells and colonies via image analysis and image reconstruction, and (4) creating educational materials (e.g. lectures, videos etc.).