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.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
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)