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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 741–753

Atmospheric correction using near-infrared bands for satellite ocean color data processing in the turbid western Pacific region

Menghua Wang, Wei Shi, and Lide Jiang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 741-753 (2012)

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A regional near-infrared (NIR) ocean normalized water-leaving radiance (nLw(λ)) model is proposed for atmospheric correction for ocean color data processing in the western Pacific region, including the Bohai Sea, Yellow Sea, and East China Sea. Our motivation for this work is to derive ocean color products in the highly turbid western Pacific region using the Geostationary Ocean Color Imager (GOCI) onboard South Korean Communication, Ocean, and Meteorological Satellite (COMS). GOCI has eight spectral bands from 412 to 865 nm but does not have shortwave infrared (SWIR) bands that are needed for satellite ocean color remote sensing in the turbid ocean region. Based on a regional empirical relationship between the NIR nLw(λ) and diffuse attenuation coefficient at 490 nm (Kd(490)), which is derived from the long-term measurements with the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite, an iterative scheme with the NIR-based atmospheric correction algorithm has been developed. Results from MODIS-Aqua measurements show that ocean color products in the region derived from the new proposed NIR-corrected atmospheric correction algorithm match well with those from the SWIR atmospheric correction algorithm. Thus, the proposed new atmospheric correction method provides an alternative for ocean color data processing for GOCI (and other ocean color satellite sensors without SWIR bands) in the turbid ocean regions of the Bohai Sea, Yellow Sea, and East China Sea, although the SWIR-based atmospheric correction approach is still much preferred. The proposed atmospheric correction methodology can also be applied to other turbid coastal regions.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.1285) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric correction

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: October 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2011
Published: January 3, 2012

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Menghua Wang, Wei Shi, and Lide Jiang, "Atmospheric correction using near-infrared bands for satellite ocean color data processing in the turbid western Pacific region," Opt. Express 20, 741-753 (2012)

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