Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Our group is interested in problems of radiance transfer in seawater, light utilisation by phytoplankton, optical monitoring of ecological processes, and remote sensing in the marine environment. These problems all involve the application of physical principles in an interdisciplinary context. Activities range from in situ measurement of optical properties at sea from ships and other platforms, through radiative transfer simulations of underwater and water leaving light fields, to development of new algorithms for interpretation of ocean colour remote sensing data from satellite-borne sensors. New areas of active research include: development of miniture spectral cameras for remotely piloted aircraft, direct observation of particulate population size and composition distributions from imaging flow cytometry, and investigation into algal physiological status using fast repetition rate fluorometry.

About us – The MORSE group currently has five members and has been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS), the Scottish Government and the European Space Agency.

Collaborations – We work closely with colleagues from across Scotland, the UK and worldwide. See research project pages for specific details. The group is a member of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) research pool.

Hyperspectral radiance reflectance profile from the Tropical North Atlantic showing chlorophyll fluorescence peak at ~685nm and Raman scattering peak shifting between ~580 – 620nm.