Using the ocean's living light shows to fight terrorism or track the planet's most massive migration

tion has been severely hampered by the general difficulty of doing research in the ocean's largely unexplored and unexamined midwaters. However, the HIDEX/SPLAT system could be lowered to gather precise data about the migration because most of the creatures involved are bioluminescent.

Other potential applications include helping researchers determine the geographical boundaries of blooms of toxic algae such as red tides and assessments of the population size of food sources for important commercial fisheries. Because bioluminescence can diminish in response to the presence of toxic chemicals, the phenomenon could also be used as an indicator of water quality once better understood.

Widder's Oceans 2002 talk is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. In March, she will be using the original SPLAT-cam system to explore the Sea of Cortez. She can be reached at 772-465-2400 ext. 315, or widder@hboi.edu. To reach her during the conference from October 28-30 please contact Mark Schrope at 772-465-2400 ext. 433, schrope@hboi.edu.


Contact: Mark Schrope
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

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