Hyperspectral absorption coefficient of "pure" seawater in the range of 350-550 nm inverted from remote sensing reflectance

Zhongping Lee, Jianwei Wei, Kenneth Voss, Marlon Lewis, Annick Bricaud, Yannick Huot

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Hyperspectral (every 5 nm) absorption coefficients of "pure" seawater in the range of 350-550 nm are derived from remote sensing reflectance measured in oligotrophic oceans. The absorption spectrum is reduced by ∼50-70% for the 350-400-nm range and ∼5-10% for the 510-530-nm range compared with the commonly adopted standard for ocean color processing and shows different spectral curvatures. The application of this new spectrum resulted in better retrievals of the phytoplankton absorption coefficient in oligotrophic oceans and will provide better closure of remote sensing reflectance for the UV-visible domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-558
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 20 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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