The goal of this research is to obtain a greater understanding of how the flocculation of fine-grained
sediment responds to turbulent stresses and how this packaging of sediment affects optical and acoustical
properties in the water column. Our objectives are to:
Quantify the effects of aggregation dynamics on the size distribution of particles in the bottom boundary layer;
Quantify how changes in particle packaging affect the optical and acoustical properties of the water column; and
Develop models describing the associations between particle aggregation, stress, and the acoustical and optical fields.