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Retrieving chlorophyll and nonchlorophyll matter from ocean color satellite data in Baltic case 2Y waters
Author(s): Jean-Francois Berthon; Mark Dowell; Nicolas Hoepffner; Stefania Grossi
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Paper Abstract

Based on in situ data collected in the Southern Baltic Proper at three different periods of the year this study investigates the possibility to empirically retrieve Chlorophyllous and Non Chlorophyllous matter absorption coefficients in the Baltic Sea using 'SeaWiFS' type spectral information. It relies on the classical relationship between 'remote-sensing' reflectance and the back-scattering and absorption coefficients of the in-water optically active components. The use of reflectance ratios minimizes the effect of the 'f/Q' variability if one assume its low wavelength dependency. A reflectance ratio can therefore be expressed as the product of the total absorption ratio and of the total back-scattering wavelength dependency, classically defined as a power law of the wavelength ratio. Empirical relationships, valid for the considered data set, are used to estimate the exponent N of this power law from specific reflectance ratios, the 443/510 and 510/550 ratios being the best candidates. It is thus shown that, in these yellow substances dominated waters, total absorption ratios could allow the estimation of non chlorophyllous matter absorption at 412 nm and of pigment absorption at 443 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2963, Ocean Optics XIII, (6 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266467
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Francois Berthon, Baltic Sea Researhc Institute and Space Applications Institute (Italy)
Mark Dowell, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Nicolas Hoepffner, Space Applications Institute (Italy)
Stefania Grossi, Space Applications Institute (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2963:
Ocean Optics XIII
Steven G. Ackleson; Robert J. Frouin, Editor(s)

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