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Model for separating the contributions of non-algal particles and colored dissolved organic matter to light absorption by seawater

TitleModel for separating the contributions of non-algal particles and colored dissolved organic matter to light absorption by seawater
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsStramski D, Li L.H, Reynolds R.A
Volume58
Pagination3790-3806
Date Published2019/05
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1559-128X
Accession NumberWOS:000467540700015
Keywordsaquatic particles; atlantic bight; chlorophyll concentration; coastal waters; inherent optical-properties; nonalgal particles; Optics; particulate absorption; partitioning; situ phytoplankton absorption; Size structure; total spectral absorption
Abstract

We evaluated the performance of a recently developed absorption partitioning model [J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 120, 2601 (2015)] that derives the spectral absorption coefficients of non-algal particles, a(NAP)(lambda), and colored dissolved organic matter, a(g)(lambda), from the total absorption coefficient of seawater. The model's performance was found unsatisfactory when the model was tested with a large dataset of absorption measurements from diverse open-ocean and coastal aquatic environments. To address these limitations, we developed a new model based on a different approach for estimating a(NAP)(lambda) and a(g)(lambda) from the sum of these two coefficients, a(dg)(lambda), within the visible spectral region. The very good overall performance of the model is demonstrated, with no tendency for bias and relatively small absolute differences (the median <= 20%) between the model-derived and measured values of a(NAP)(lambda) and a(g)(lambda) over a wide range of aquatic environments. (C) 2019 Optical Society of America

DOI10.1364/ao.58.003790
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