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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2001
  • pp: 343–348

Effects of spectral bandpass on SeaWiFS-retrieved near-surface optical properties of the ocean

Menghua Wang, Bryan A. Franz, Robert A. Barnes, and Charles R. McClain  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 3, pp. 343-348 (2001)

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A simple correction method to remove the spectral bandpass effects of the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) on the derived normalized water-leaving radiances and ocean-near-surface chlorophyll concentration is developed and implemented in the SeaWiFS data-processing system. SeaWiFS has not only in-band response structures but also significant sensor out-of-band contributions. The effects of the SeaWiFS out-of-band contribution at the green bands is particularly significant for the derived normalized water-leaving radiances and therefore for the retrieved ocean-near-surface chlorophyll concentration. With the sensor spectral bandpass corrections, the low chlorophyll concentration is even lower in the clear ocean regions, whereas there are almost no changes for the oceans with a chlorophyll concentration of >0.2 mg/m3.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: April 26, 2000
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2000
Published: January 20, 2001

Menghua Wang, Bryan A. Franz, Robert A. Barnes, and Charles R. McClain, "Effects of spectral bandpass on SeaWiFS-retrieved near-surface optical properties of the ocean," Appl. Opt. 40, 343-348 (2001)

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