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Measurement and modeling of water-leaving radiance and the optical properties of marine environments typical of case 2 waters: Western Australian experiences
Author(s): Brendon K. McAtee; Mervyn J. Lynch; Alexei Kouzoubov
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Paper Abstract

The optical properties of sea water, including ocean color (chlorophyll concentration), diffuse attenuation coefficient, and surface/subsurface reflectance, may be readily estimated from space-borne sensors (eg. SeaWiFS, MODIS) in the open ocean (Case 1 waters). However, in near-shore and shallow waters (Case 2), the presence of other organic materials and suspended sediment, as well as bottom reflection, may affect the spectrum of water leaving radiance making esrimation of optical properties based upon mutlispectral measurements more complex. In this work, we investigate the impact of these additional components on the water-leaving radiance and associated optical properties of the ocean using; i) in-situ measurements of the optical properties of the water column, and; ii) modeling of the radiance field within marine environments typical of Case 2 waters off the coast of Western Australia. We conclude by suggesting improvements to the accuracy of remotely sensed ocean color in near-shore and shallow waters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5155, Ocean Remote Sensing and Imaging II, (5 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.510680
Show Author Affiliations
Brendon K. McAtee, Curtin Univ. of Technology (Australia)
Mervyn J. Lynch, Curtin Univ. of Technology (Australia)
Alexei Kouzoubov, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5155:
Ocean Remote Sensing and Imaging II
Robert J. Frouin; Gary D. Gilbert; Delu Pan, Editor(s)

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