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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 18927–18944

Fast light calculations for ocean ecosystem and inverse models

Curtis D. Mobley  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 18927-18944 (2011)

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Ocean physical-biological-optical ecosystem models can require light calculations at thousands of grid points and time steps. Implicit inverse models that recover ocean absorption and scattering properties from measured light variables can require thousands of solutions of the radiative transfer equation. An extremely fast radiative transfer code, EcoLight-S(ubroutine), has been developed to address these needs. EcoLight-S requires less than one second on a moderately fast computer to compute spectral irradiances over near-ultraviolet to near-infrared wavelengths with errors in the photosyntheically available radiation (PAR) of no more than ten percent throughout the euphotic zone. It is thus possible to replace simple and often inaccurate analytical PAR or spectral irradiance models with more accurate radiative transfer calculations, with very little computational penalty. EcoLight-S is applicable to Case 2 and optically shallow waters for which no analytical light models exist. EcoLight-S also computes upwelling and downwelling plane irradiances, nadir and zenith radiances, and the remote-sensing reflectance. These quantities allow ecosystem predictions to be validated with optical measurements obtained from in-water instruments or remotely sensed imagery.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: June 29, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2011
Published: September 14, 2011

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Curtis D. Mobley, "Fast light calculations for ocean ecosystem and inverse models," Opt. Express 19, 18927-18944 (2011)

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