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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1998
  • pp: 4944–4950

Remote-sensing technique for determination of the volume absorption coefficient of turbid water

Michael Sydor, Robert A. Arnone, Richard W. Gould, Jr., Gregory E. Terrie, Sherwin D. Ladner, and Christopher G. Wood  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 21, pp. 4944-4950 (1998)

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We use remote-sensing reflectance from particulate Rrs to determine the volume absorption coefficient a of turbid water in the 400 < λ < 700-nm spectral region. The calculated and measured values of a(λ) show good agreement for 0.5 < a < 10 (m-1). To determine Rrs from a particulate, we needed to make corrections for remote-sensing reflectance owing to surface roughness Srs. We determined the average spectral distribution of Srs from the difference in total remote-sensing reflectance measured with and without polarization. The spectral shape of Srs showed an excellent fit to theoretical formulas for glare based on Rayleigh and aerosol scattering from the atmosphere.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

Original Manuscript: July 31, 1997
Revised Manuscript: April 8, 1998
Published: July 20, 1998

Michael Sydor, Robert A. Arnone, Richard W. Gould, Gregory E. Terrie, Sherwin D. Ladner, and Christopher G. Wood, "Remote-sensing technique for determination of the volume absorption coefficient of turbid water," Appl. Opt. 37, 4944-4950 (1998)

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