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This field- and lab-based course explores how the optically active constituents in seawater affect the in-water light field, and in turn, how field optics and remote sensing can facilitate the study of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography and water quality.
- Personal gear: Students need to have rain gear (waterproof jacket and pants) for field trips, and some warm layers, fleece, base layer, hat etc. Also need solid closed toe shoes. Waterproof hiking boots are perfect. Students need sunscreen for field days.
- Lunch: Students need to bring brown bag lunches and water for field days.
- Schedule: The course is a combination of lectures, field work (typically 5 days for each student), lab work (typically 5 days for each student), computer labs, data analysis, and presentation/discussion in class.
- Physical requirements: Boating on research vessel (typically UNH Gulf Challenger https://marine.unh.edu/facility/rv-gulf-challenger) in coastal waters (Gulf of Maine) and on small boats (Plum Island Estuary), with potential for seasickness. Field days include deployment of equipment and collection of samples from boats.
- Academic suggestions: Is it recommended that students have some programming experience prior to this class. EE 422: Aquatic Optics and Remote Sensing is recommended.