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Jason Graff Examines Plankton Optical Responses

Jason Graff (Oregon State University) measures carbon with a laser-based instrument that sorts phytoplankton species.
Credit: Stephanie Schollaert Uz/NASA. Download this image (PNG, 282 KB).
[13-May-16] Onboard the R/V Atlantis for the North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES), Jason Graff of Oregon State University measures the carbon in phytoplankton through an instrument that bombards sea-water samples with laser and sorts out phytoplankton by their optical response. NAAMES' interdisciplinary, multi-institutional science team examine a comprehensive suite of measurements of biological and physical properties in the ocean and measure the atmosphere for particles and trace gases associated with the spring bloom.