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Empirical algorithms for ocean optics parameters

Jeffrey H. Smart  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7152-7164 (2007)

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As part of the Worldwide Ocean Optics Database (WOOD) Project, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has developed and evaluated a variety of empirical models that can predict ocean optical properties, such as profiles of the beam attenuation coefficient computed from profiles of the diffuse attenuation coefficient. In this paper, we briefly summarize published empirical optical algorithms and assess their accuracy for estimating derived profiles. We also provide new algorithms and discuss their applicability for deriving optical profiles based on data collected from a variety of locations, including the Yellow Sea, the Sea of Japan, and the North Atlantic Ocean. We show that the scattering coefficient (b) can be computed from the beam attenuation coefficient (c) to about 10% accuracy. The availability of such relatively accurate predictions is important in the many situations where the set of data is incomplete.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and ocean optics

Original Manuscript: February 7, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2007
Published: May 29, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jeffrey H. Smart, "Empirical algorithms for ocean optics parameters," Opt. Express 15, 7152-7164 (2007)

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