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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 11 — Nov. 13, 2006

Comparisons of optical properties of the coastal ocean derived from satellite ocean color and in situ measurements

Grace C. Chang and Richard W. Gould, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 22, pp. 10149-10163 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.010149


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Abstract

Satellite-derived optical properties are compared to in situ mooring and ship-based measurements at a coastal site. Comparisons include remote sensing reflectance (Rrs), chlorophyll concentration (Chl) using two different Chl algorithms, and spectral absorption [apg(λ)] and backscattering coefficients [bb(555)] using three different bio-optical algorithms. For mooring/shipboard comparisons, we observed mean relative errors of 70.5%/-3.8% (SeaWiFS OC4v4), -21.4%/-49.3% (SeaWiFS Stumpf), 109.5%/13.4% (MODIS OC3m) and 0.5%/-48.9% (MODIS Stumpf) for Chl. For satellite-derived and mooring comparisons of apg(412), we found mean relative errors of -69.4% (-67.1%), -52.6% (-48.9%), and -62.7% (-65.4%) for the Arnone, GSM, and QAA algorithms for SeaWiFS (MODIS), respectively. Mean relative errors of 21.3%, 19.9%, and 16.5% were found between SeaWiFS-derived (Arnone, GSM, and QAA algorithms, respectively) and moored bb(555) measurements. Discrepancies in Rrs at blue wavelengths are attributed to the satellite atmospheric correction and sea surface variations of the moored radiometers. High spatial and temporal variability of bio-optical properties coupled with differences in measurement techniques (pixel versus point) contribute to inconsistencies between remotely sensed and in situ bio-optical properties.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and ocean optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2006
Published: October 30, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Grace C. Chang and Richard W. Gould, "Comparisons of optical properties of the coastal ocean derived from satellite ocean color and in situ measurements," Opt. Express 14, 10149-10163 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-22-10149


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