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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2003
  • pp: 939–951

Accurate and self-consistent ocean color algorithm: simultaneous retrieval of aerosol optical properties and chlorophyll concentrations

Knut Stamnes, Wei Li, Banghua Yan, Hans Eide, Andrew Barnard, W. Scott Pegau, and Jakob J. Stamnes  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 6, pp. 939-951 (2003)

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A new algorithm has been developed for simultaneous retrieval of aerosol optical properties and chlorophyll concentrations in case I waters. This algorithm is based on an improved complete model for the inherent optical properties and accurate simulations of the radiative transfer process in the coupled atmosphere-ocean system. It has been tested against synthetic radiances generated for the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) channels and has been shown to be robust and accurate. A unique feature of this algorithm is that it uses the measured radiances in both near-IR and visible channels to find that combination of chlorophyll concentration and aerosol optical properties that minimizes the error across the spectrum. Thus the error in the retrieved quantities can be quantified.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: April 1, 2002
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2002
Published: February 20, 2003

Knut Stamnes, Wei Li, Banghua Yan, Hans Eide, Andrew Barnard, W. Scott Pegau, and Jakob J. Stamnes, "Accurate and self-consistent ocean color algorithm: simultaneous retrieval of aerosol optical properties and chlorophyll concentrations," Appl. Opt. 42, 939-951 (2003)

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