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Spectral absorption properties of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and total suspended matter (TSM) of inland waters
Author(s): Kaishan Song; Dianwei Liu; Lin Li; Zongming Wang; Yuandong Wang; Guangjia Jiang
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Paper Abstract

Spectral absorption properties of total suspended matter (TSM) and colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) are important for the use of the bio-optical model to estimate water quality parameters. This study aims to investigate the variation in the absorption coefficients of TSM and CDOM of inland waters. A total of 92 water samples were collected from Shitoukoumen Reservoir and Songhua Lake in Northeast China, analyzed for TSM and Chl-a, and measured for the absorption coefficient of TSM, CDOM and total pigments using a laboratory spectrophotometer. The absorption coefficient of TSM has been decomposed for phytoplankton and inorganic sediments. The results show that for Shitoukoumen Reservoir, CDOM has strong absorptions with shallow absorption slopes (i.e., the coefficient S in a(λ)=a(λ0)exp[-S(λ- λ0)]) and large absorption at 355 nm; and for Songhua Lake, CDOM follows similar spectral absorption curves but less variation in the S value. The results also show TSM has the average absorption coefficient 5.7 m-1 at 440 nm and 0.93 m-1 at 675 nm, and their concentration is well correlated to TSM with R2 larger than 0.85 at 440 nm over both Songhu Lake and Shitoukoumen Reservoir. In summer, CDOM was mainly terrigenous and had a high proportion of humic acid derived from the decomposition of phytoplankton and there were no obvious difference of S value. The results indicate that inorganic sediments contributed much more absorption than phytoplankton pigments in Shitoukoumen Reservoir than that in Songhua Lake, and there is strong association of TSM concentration to absorption coefficient at 440 nm.

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Date Published: 12 August 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7811, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization VI: Readiness for GEOSS IV, 78110B (12 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859634
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Kaishan Song, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology (China)
Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (United States)
Dianwei Liu, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology (China)
Lin Li, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (United States)
Zongming Wang, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology (China)
Yuandong Wang, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology (China)
Guangjia Jiang, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agricultural Ecology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7811:
Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization VI: Readiness for GEOSS IV
Mitchell D. Goldberg; Hal J. Bloom, Editor(s)

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