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Subsea Optics - New Publication Focussing on the Protection and Sustainable Management of Ocean Resources

The use of optical methodology, instrumentation and photonics devices for imaging, vision and optical sensing is of increasing importance in understanding our marine environment.

Subsea optics can make an important contribution to the protection and sustainable management of ocean resources and contribute to monitoring the response of marine systems to climate change. This important book provides an authoritative review of key principles, technologies and their applications.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part provides a general introduction to the key concepts in subsea optics and imaging, imaging technologies and the development of ocean optics and colour analysis. Part two reviews the use of subsea optics in environmental analysis. An introduction to the concepts of underwater light fields is followed by an overview of coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and an assessment of nutrients in the water column. This section concludes with discussions of the properties of subsea bioluminescence, harmful algal blooms and their impact and finally an outline of optical techniques for studying suspended sediments, turbulence and mixing in the marine environment.

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Part three reviews subsea optical systems technologies. A general overview of imaging and visualisation using conventional photography and video leads onto advanced techniques like digital holography, laser line-scanning and range-gated imaging as well as their use in controlled observation platforms or global observation networks. This section also outlines techniques like Raman spectroscopy, hyperspectral sensing and imaging, laser Doppler anemometry (LDA) and particle image velocimetry (PIV), optical fibre sensing and LIDAR systems. Finally, a chapter on fluorescence methodologies brings the volume to a close.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Subsea optics and imaging is a standard reference for those researching, developing and using subsea optical technologies as well as environmental scientists and agencies concerned with monitoring the marine environment.

John Watson is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Optical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Oliver Zielinski is Professor in the Institute for the Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) and Head of Marine Sensor Systems at the University of Oldenburg Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Professor Watson and Professor Zielinski are internationally-renowned for their research in the area of subsea optics.

Subsea optics and imaging (ISBN 978 0 85709 341 7) is published at £180.00/ US$305.00/ €215.00 (plus p&p) by Woodhead Publishing Limited, 80 High Street, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3HJ, UK.  Tel: +44(0)1223 499140.  Fax: +44(0)1223 832819.  Email: [email protected]

Based in Cambridge, England, Woodhead Publishing is a leading international publisher of Materials and Engineering books.

Review copies of Subsea optics and imaging and all other Woodhead Publishing Electronic and Optical Materials books are available on request. Free catalogues providing full details of our titles are available from Woodhead Publishing.

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