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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2003
  • pp: 883–892

Parameterization and analysis of the optical absorption and scattering coefficients in a western Norwegian fjord: a case II water study

Børge Hamre, Øyvind Frette, Svein Rune Erga, Jakob J. Stamnes, and Knut Stamnes  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 6, pp. 883-892 (2003)

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Based on statistical analyses of optical properties measured during a whole year of monthly cruises in a Norwegian fjord, we constructed a two-component model for the absorption and scattering coefficients for visible light. The input to the model is the concentrations of yellow substance and chlorophyll a. Because of the presence of a significant amount of nonalgal particles in coastal water, we assume that the absorption and scattering coefficients approach constant background values when the concentration of chlorophyll a approaches zero. The model works reasonably for a variety of optical conditions encountered throughout the year, with a possible exception during a bloom of the Emiliania huxleyi algae in June.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: November 4, 2002
Published: February 20, 2003

Børge Hamre, Øyvind Frette, Svein Rune Erga, Jakob J. Stamnes, and Knut Stamnes, "Parameterization and analysis of the optical absorption and scattering coefficients in a western Norwegian fjord: a case II water study," Appl. Opt. 42, 883-892 (2003)

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