Vol. 10, issue 09, article # 2

pdf Pelevin V. N., Rostovtseva V. V. Estimating the concentration of light scattering and absorbing substances in the ocean waters of different types. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1997. V. 10. No. 09. P. 617-621.
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Estimations of the concentration of basic light scattering and absorbing components of the sea water, including chlorophyll are obtained. A Table is composed of the estimates of concentrations for practically all types of sea waters, that can be found in the open ocean. That makes it possible to determine the contents of the basic ecological components in the open ocean by the only parameter m, calculated from the value of extinction coefficient of water along vertical direction. Using a map of water types, the data of direct shipborne measurements or estimations of m from the data of measurements of other parameters, it is possible to estimate the composition of the top layer of the ocean waters practically in any area of World Ocean using this Table. Besides, if measurements of the light extinction along vertical direction at different depths are available, the method developed enables one to estimate the depth distribution of the basic ecological components of waters of the open ocean.