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A Model Of The Photosynthetically Available And Usable Irradiance In The Sea
Author(s): Donald J Collins; C.Rockwell Booth; Curtiss O Davis; Dale A Kiefer; Casson Stallings
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Paper Abstract

The vertical distribution of the photosynthetically available irradiance (Epar) in the ocean has long been of interest as a measure of the penetration of light energy available to phytoplankton for photosynthesis. Recently, the vertical distribution of the photosynthetically usable irradiance (Epur) has become recognized as a better measure of the energy used for photosynthesis by phytoplankton in the ocean. Our interests in the modeling and prediction of the primary productivity of the ocean have led to a model for the vertical distribution of these quantities based on data available from remote platforms. In this paper, we describe a model for the vertical distributions of both the photosynthetically available and usable irradiance in the ocean for Jerlov (1976) Case I waters, and describe the behavior of these quantities from the results of the model. The model assumes that the vertical distribution of pigment (chlorophyll a) is known over the depth of the euphotic zone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 1988
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0925, Ocean Optics IX, (12 August 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945712
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Donald J Collins, Calif. Inst. Tech (United States)
C.Rockwell Booth, Biospherical Instruments, Inc (United States)
Curtiss O Davis, Calif. Inst. Tech (United States)
Dale A Kiefer, Univ. So. Calif (United States)
Casson Stallings, Univ. So. Calif (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0925:
Ocean Optics IX
Marvin A. Blizard, Editor(s)

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