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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 1997
  • pp: 6905–6912

Effect of suspended particulate and dissolved organic matter on remote sensing of coastal and riverine waters

Michael Sydor and Robert A. Arnone  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 27, pp. 6905-6912 (1997)

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We use remote sensing reflectance (RSR) together with the inherent optical properties of suspended particulates to determine the backscattering ratio bb/b for coastal waters. We examine the wavelength dependence of bb(λ) and f(λ)/Q(λ) and establish the conditions when C(λ) in RSR(λ) ≅ C(λ)bb(λ)/a(λ) can be treated as a constant. We found that for case 2 waters, RSR was insensitive to the natural fluctuations in particle-size distributions. The cross-sectional area of the suspended particulate per unit volume, xg, showed an excellent correlation with the volume scattering coefficient.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 27, 1996
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 1997
Published: September 20, 1997

Michael Sydor and Robert A. Arnone, "Effect of suspended particulate and dissolved organic matter on remote sensing of coastal and riverine waters," Appl. Opt. 36, 6905-6912 (1997)

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