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Optical Characterization ofPort Everglades Focusing on Underwater Visibility

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2007
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The development of an unmanned underwater vehicle at Florida Atlantic University with onboard optical sensors has prompted the temporal and spatial optical characterization of Port Everglades, with in-situ measurements of the turbidity, conductivity, and temperature. Water samples were collected for laboratory analysis where attenuation and absorption were measured with a bench top spectrometer. All of the measurements showed a high degree of variability within the port on a temporal and spatial basis. Correlations were researched between the measured properties as well as tide and current. Temporal variations showed a high correlation to tidal height but no relation was found between turbidity and current, or salinity. Spatial variations were primarily determined by proximity to the port inlet. Proportionality constants were discovered to relate turbidity to scattering and absorption coefficients. These constants along with future turbidity measurements will allow the optimization of any underwater camera system working within these waters.
Title: Optical Characterization ofPort Everglades Focusing on Underwater Visibility.
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Name(s): Whipple, Dustin E.
Frisk, George V., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2007
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 129 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The development of an unmanned underwater vehicle at Florida Atlantic University with onboard optical sensors has prompted the temporal and spatial optical characterization of Port Everglades, with in-situ measurements of the turbidity, conductivity, and temperature. Water samples were collected for laboratory analysis where attenuation and absorption were measured with a bench top spectrometer. All of the measurements showed a high degree of variability within the port on a temporal and spatial basis. Correlations were researched between the measured properties as well as tide and current. Temporal variations showed a high correlation to tidal height but no relation was found between turbidity and current, or salinity. Spatial variations were primarily determined by proximity to the port inlet. Proportionality constants were discovered to relate turbidity to scattering and absorption coefficients. These constants along with future turbidity measurements will allow the optimization of any underwater camera system working within these waters.
Identifier: FA00012569 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2007.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Subject(s): Oceanographic submersibles--Mathematical models
Image processing--Digital techniques
Optical pattern recognition
Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Fla)
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