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Time-series of marine inherent optical properties (IOPs) from ocean color satellite instruments provide valuable data records for studying long-term time changes in ocean ecosystems. Semi-Analytical algorithms (SAAs) provide a common method for estimating IOPs from radiometric measurements of the marine light field. Most SAAs assign constant spectral values for seawater absorption and backscattering, assume spectral shape functions of the remaining constituent absorption and scattering components (e.g., phytoplankton, non-Algal particles, and colored dissolved organic matter), and retrieve the magnitudes of each remaining constituent required to match the spectral distribution of measured radiances. Here, we explore the use of temperature- and salinity-dependent values for seawater backscattering in lieu of the constant spectrum currently employed by most SAAs. Our results suggest that use of temperature- and salinity-dependent seawater spectra elevate the SAA-derived particle backscattering, reduce the non-Algal particles plus colored dissolved organic matter absorption, and leave the derived absorption by phytoplankton unchanged. © 2013 Optical Society of America.
Werdell, P. Jeremy; Franz, Bryan A.; Lefler, Jason T.; Robinson, Wayne D.; and Boss, Emmanuel, "Retrieving marine inherent optical properties from satellites using temperature and salinitydependent backscattering by seawater" (2013). Marine Sciences Faculty Scholarship. 208.
P. Jeremy Werdell, Bryan A. Franz, Jason T. Lefler, Wayne D. Robinson, and Emmanuel Boss, "Retrieving marine inherent optical properties from satellites using temperature and salinity-dependent backscattering by seawater," Opt. Express 21, 32611-32622 (2013)
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