Abstract

The performance of the OC2 Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) algorithm based on 490- and 555-nm water-leaving radiances at low chlorophyll contents is compared with those of semianalytical models and a Monte Carlo radiative transfer model. We introduce our model, which uses two particle phase functions and scattering coefficient parameterizations to achieve a backscattering ratio that varies with chlorophyll concentration. We discuss the various parameterizations and compare them with existent measurements. The SeaWiFS algorithm could be confirmed within an accuracy of 35% over a chlorophyll range from 0.1 to 1 mg m-3, whereas for lower chlorophyll concentrations we found a significant overestimation of the OC2 algorithm.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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