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  • Vol. 64, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1974
  • pp: 773–775

Spectral variations in the volume scattering function at large angles in natural waters

Howard R. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 64, Issue 6, pp. 773-775 (1974)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.64.000773


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Abstract

The quasi-single-scattering approximation in which a δ function replaces the forward portion of the volume scattering function is applied to radiative transfer in the ocean. Immediately beneath the surface, the product of the reflectance R and the downwelling irradiance-attenuation coefficient K (—) is equal to an integral of the volume scattering function in the backward direction weighted by a geometrical factor. Spectral variations of the volume scattering function are revealed in K (—)R; this is used to examine the wavelength dependence of scattering in two very different natural waters. In the clear water of Crater Lake, the backscattering is proportional to λ-3(λ=wavelength), whereas the turbid, productive waters of San Vicente Reservoir show a complex dependence of backscattering on wavelength, which is associated with anomalous dispersion due to the 670-nm absorption band of the chlorophyll that is contained in the suspended phytoplankton.

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Howard R. Gordon, "Spectral variations in the volume scattering function at large angles in natural waters," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 773-775 (1974)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-64-6-773

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