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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 20 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 12834–12849

Near-infrared light scattering by particles in coastal waters

David Doxaran, Marcel Babin, and Edouard Leymarie  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 20, pp. 12834-12849 (2007)

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We report the first measurements of the scattering coefficient of natural marine particles, which extend over the near-infrared spectral region to up to 870 nm. The measurements were conducted in three different European estuaries (Gironde, Tamar and Elbe) using an in situ absorption and attenuation-meter. The observed particulate scattering coefficients varied from 1 to nearly 100 m-1. The spectral shape in the near-infrared very closely matched a λ-γ spectral dependence, which is expected when the particle size followed a power-law distribution. The spectral slope of the scattering spectrum, γ spanned from 0.1 to 1.2 and showed significant regional and temporal variations. These variations were certainly related to the particle size distribution, which will have to be studied in future works. Using our near-infrared data as a reference, we assessed the use of the attenuation coefficient spectrum in the visible range to estimate the near-infrared particulate scattering slope and found values different by 10% on average.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: June 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 13, 2007
Published: September 21, 2007

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David Doxaran, Marcel Babin, and Edouard Leymarie, "Near-infrared light scattering by particles in coastal waters," Opt. Express 15, 12834-12849 (2007)

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