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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 16581–16591

An underwater light attenuation scheme for marine ecosystem models

Bradley Penta, Zhongping Lee, Raphael M. Kudela, Sherry L. Palacios, Deric J. Gray, Jason K. Jolliff, and Igor G. Shulman  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 16581-16591 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.016581


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Abstract

Simulation of underwater light is essential for modeling marine ecosystems. A new model of underwater light attenuation is presented and compared with previous models. In situ data collected in Monterey Bay, CA. during September 2006 are used for validation. It is demonstrated that while the new light model is computationally simple and efficient it maintains accuracy and flexibility. When this light model is incorporated into an ecosystem model, the correlation between modeled and observed coastal chlorophyll is improved over an eight-year time period. While the simulation of a deep chlorophyll maximum demonstrates the effect of the new model at depth.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 31, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2008
Published: October 2, 2008

Citation
Bradley Penta, Zhongping Lee, Raphael M. Kudela, Sherry L. Palacios, Deric J. Gray, Jason K. Jolliff, and Igor G. Shulman, "An underwater light attenuation scheme for marine ecosystem models," Opt. Express 16, 16581-16591 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-21-16581


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