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The Effect Of Suspensoids On Optical Parameters In A Typical Estuary
Author(s): Jerome Williams; Fred Skove; John Foerster
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Paper Abstract

As a first step in optical modeling of coastal areas the effects of various suspensoids on optical parameters were studied in the Patuxent River, a subestuary of Chesapeake Bay. Particle populations were measured using a Coulter Counter, while both inherent and apparent optical properties were being monitored. Results are presented indicating strong relationships between beam attenuance and total suspensoids, including both suspended sediments (particle diameters between 1 and 5 x10-5 m) and phytoplankton (particle diame-ters between 15 and 35 x10-6 m). Relationships of natural phenomena such as tidal currents and daylight period with sediment and plankton populations are also demonstrated. As expected, efforts at predicting inherent optical properties from apparent, and vice versa, were not too successful. From these studies it appears possible to develop models capable of predicting, within reasonable limits, optical properties of coastal waters when local conditions such as weather, input stream characteristics, and local topographic conditions are known.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0489, Ocean Optics VII, (27 September 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943287
Show Author Affiliations
Jerome Williams, U.S.Naval Academy (United States)
Fred Skove, U.S. Naval Academy (United States)
John Foerster, U.S. Naval Academy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0489:
Ocean Optics VII
Marvin A. Blizard, Editor(s)

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