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1 January 2011 Ocean color patterns help to predict depth of optical layers in stratified coastal waters
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Subsurface optical layers distributed at two different depths were investigated in Monterrey Bay, East Sound, and the Black Sea based on spatial statistics of remote sensing reflectance (Rrs). The main objective of this study was to evaluate the use of Rrs(443)/Rrs(490) (hereafter R1) skewness (ψ) as an indicator of vertical optical structure in different marine regions. Measurements of inherent optical properties were obtained using a remotely operated towed vehicle and R1 was theoretically derived from optical profiles. Although the broad range of trophic status and water stratification, a common statistical pattern consisting of lower ψR1-a deeper optical layer was found in all study cases. This variation was attributed to optical changes above the opticline and related to horizontal variability of particulates and spectral variations with depth. We recommend more comparisons in stratified coastal waters with different phytoplankton communities before the use of ψR1 can be generalized as a noninvasive optical proxy for screening depth changes on subsurface optical layers.
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Martín A. Montes-Hugo, Alan Weidemann, Richard W. Gould Jr., Robert Arnone, James H. Churnside, and Ewa Jaroz "Ocean color patterns help to predict depth of optical layers in stratified coastal waters," Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 5(1), 053548 (1 January 2011).
Published: 1 January 2011

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