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Use of glider-class acoustic Doppler profilers for estimating zooplankton biomass

  • Author(s): Powell, JR;
  • Ohman, MD
  • et al.
Abstract

We evaluate the feasibility of estimating zooplankton biomass using acoustic Doppler profilers (ADP) as deployed on autonomous ocean gliders. A Sontek Spray ADP mounted on a Mocness net was used for simultaneous collection of zooplankton and measurement of acoustic backscatter (ABS). Zooplankton biomass was estimated from optically scanned plankton samples. We found a direct proportionality between ABS and the summed cross-sectional area of the zooplankton as well as with the estimated zooplankton carbon biomass. ABS at 750kHz was most closely related to the summed cross-sectional area of zooplankton and micronekton greater than 1.6 mm equivalent circular diameter. © 2012 The Author.

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