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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 7 — Jul. 27, 2011

Relationships between water attenuation coefficients derived from active and passive remote sensing: a case study from two coastal environments

Martin A. Montes, James Churnside, Zhongping Lee, Richard Gould, Robert Arnone, and Alan Weidemann  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 18, pp. 2990-2999 (2011)

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Relationships between the satellite-derived diffuse attenuation coefficient of downwelling irradiance ( K d ) and airborne-based vertical attenuation of lidar volume backscattering (α) were examined in two coastal environments. At 1.1 km resolution and a wavelength of 532 nm , we found a greater connection between α and K d when α was computed below 2 m depth (Spearman rank correlation coefficient up to 0.96), and a larger contribution of K d to α with respect to the beam attenuation coefficient as estimated from lidar measurements and K d models. Our results suggest that concurrent passive and active optical measurements can be used to estimate total scattering coefficient and backscattering efficiency in waters without optical vertical structure.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2011
Published: June 14, 2011

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Martin A. Montes, James Churnside, Zhongping Lee, Richard Gould, Robert Arnone, and Alan Weidemann, "Relationships between water attenuation coefficients derived from active and passive remote sensing: a case study from two coastal environments," Appl. Opt. 50, 2990-2999 (2011)

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