Abstract

A simple, empirically derived algorithm for estimating oceanic chlorophyll concentrations from spectral radiances measured by a low-flying spectroradiometer has proved highly successful in field experiments in 1980–82. The sensor used was the Multichannel Ocean Color Sensor, and the originator of the algorithm was G. W. Grew, NASA CP-2188 (1981). This paper presents an explanation for the algorithm based on the optical properties of waters containing chlorophyll and other phytoplankton pigments and the radiative transfer equations governing the remotely sensed signal. The effects of varying solar zenith, atmospheric transmittance, and interfering substances in the water on the chlorophyll algorithm are characterized, and applicability of the algorithm is discussed.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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  2. J. W. Campbell, J. P. Thomas, Eds., “The Chesapeake Bay Plume Study: Superflux 1980,” NASA CP-2188 (1981).
  3. W. E. Esaias, J. W. Campbell, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 69 (1982).
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
  7. P. G. White, K. R. Jenkin, R. C. Ramsey, M. Sorkin, “Development and Flight Test of the Multichannel Ocean Color Sensor (MOCS),” NASA CR-2311 (1973).
  8. Since the algorithm is evaluated over the 440–529-nm region, the spectral region where accessory photopigments absorb strongly along with chlorophylls a, b, and c, and their degradation products, use of the term chlorophyll may be somewhat inaccurate. However, we will refer to chlorophyll concentration measured in situ and make the assumption that all blue-absorbing photopigments covary with chlorophyll.
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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  19. R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]

1982 (3)

W. E. Esaias, J. W. Campbell, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 69 (1982).

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

K. S. Baker, R. C. Smith, Limnol. Oceanogr. 27, 3 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1981 (1)

A. Bricaud, A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 26, 43 (1981).
[CrossRef]

1980 (2)

F. E. Hoge, R. N. Swift, Appl. Opt. 19, 871 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. R. Gordon, D. K. Clark, J. L. Mueller, W. A. Hovis, Science 210, 63 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1979 (1)

H. R. Gordon, R. C. Smith, J. R. V. Zaneveld, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 208, 14 (1979).

1978 (3)

J. Kitchen, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 160, 31 (1978).

R. C. Smith, K. S. Baker, Limnol. Oceanogr. 23, 260 (1978).
[CrossRef]

H. R. Gordon, Appl. Opt. 17, 1631 (1978).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1977 (1)

A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 22, 709 (1977).
[CrossRef]

1975 (1)

1974 (2)

R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).

X. X. Govindjee, R. Govindjee, Sci. Am. xx, 000 (Dec.1974).

1973 (1)

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, C. R. Goldman, Limnol. Oceanogr. 18, 189 (1973).
[CrossRef]

1967 (1)

Austin, R. W.

R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).

Baker, K. S.

K. S. Baker, R. C. Smith, Limnol. Oceanogr. 27, 3 (1982).
[CrossRef]

R. C. Smith, K. S. Baker, Limnol. Oceanogr. 23, 260 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Bricaud, A.

A. Bricaud, A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 26, 43 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Brown, O. B.

Campbell, J. W.

W. E. Esaias, J. W. Campbell, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 69 (1982).

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

Clark, D. K.

H. R. Gordon, D. K. Clark, J. L. Mueller, W. A. Hovis, Science 210, 63 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. K. Clark, “Phytoplankton Algorithms for Nimbus-7 CZCS,” in Oceanography from Space, J. R. F. Gower, Ed. (Plenum, New York, 1981), p. 227.

Duntley, S. Q.

R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).

Edgerton, C. F.

R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).

Esaias, W. E.

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

W. E. Esaias, J. W. Campbell, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 69 (1982).

Goldman, C. R.

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, C. R. Goldman, Limnol. Oceanogr. 18, 189 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Gordon, H. R.

H. R. Gordon, D. K. Clark, J. L. Mueller, W. A. Hovis, Science 210, 63 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. R. Gordon, R. C. Smith, J. R. V. Zaneveld, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 208, 14 (1979).

H. R. Gordon, Appl. Opt. 17, 1631 (1978).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. R. Gordon, O. B. Brown, M. M. Jacobs, Appl. Opt. 14, 417 (1975).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Govindjee, R.

X. X. Govindjee, R. Govindjee, Sci. Am. xx, 000 (Dec.1974).

Govindjee, X. X.

X. X. Govindjee, R. Govindjee, Sci. Am. xx, 000 (Dec.1974).

Grew, G. W.

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

G. W. Grew, “Real-Time Test of MOCS Algorithm during Superflux 1980,” in NASA CP-2188 (1981), p. 301.

Hoge, F.

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

Hoge, F. E.

Hovis, W. A.

H. R. Gordon, D. K. Clark, J. L. Mueller, W. A. Hovis, Science 210, 63 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Jacobs, M. M.

Jenkin, K. R.

P. G. White, K. R. Jenkin, R. C. Ramsey, M. Sorkin, “Development and Flight Test of the Multichannel Ocean Color Sensor (MOCS),” NASA CR-2311 (1973).

Jenkins, G. M.

G. M. Jenkins, D. G. Watts, Spectral Analysis and its Applications (Holden-Day, San Francisco, 1968), p. 296.

Jerlov, N. G.

N. G. Jerlov, “Significant Relationships between Optical Properties of the Sea,” in Optical Aspects of Oceanography, N. Jerlov, E. S. Nielsen, Eds. (Academic, New York, 1974), p. 77.

Joyce, T. M.

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

Kendall, B.

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

Kitchen, J.

J. Kitchen, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 160, 31 (1978).

Moran, S. E.

R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).

Morel, A.

A. Bricaud, A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 26, 43 (1981).
[CrossRef]

A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 22, 709 (1977).
[CrossRef]

A. Morel, “Optical Properties of Pure Water and Pure Sea Water,” in Optical Aspects of Oceanography (Academic, New York, 1974), p. 4.

Mueller, J. L.

H. R. Gordon, D. K. Clark, J. L. Mueller, W. A. Hovis, Science 210, 63 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Poole, L. R.

T. A. Talay, L. R. Poole, “Spectral Atmospheric Observations at Nantucket Island, May 7–14, 1981,” NASA Tech. Memo. 83196 (1981).

Preisenderfer, R. W.

R. W. Preisenderfer, Hydrologic Optics, Vol. I, Introduction, PB-259 793 (U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., 1976), p. 57.

Prieur, L.

A. Bricaud, A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 26, 43 (1981).
[CrossRef]

A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 22, 709 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Ramsey, R. C.

P. G. White, K. R. Jenkin, R. C. Ramsey, M. Sorkin, “Development and Flight Test of the Multichannel Ocean Color Sensor (MOCS),” NASA CR-2311 (1973).

Smith, R. C.

K. S. Baker, R. C. Smith, Limnol. Oceanogr. 27, 3 (1982).
[CrossRef]

H. R. Gordon, R. C. Smith, J. R. V. Zaneveld, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 208, 14 (1979).

R. C. Smith, K. S. Baker, Limnol. Oceanogr. 23, 260 (1978).
[CrossRef]

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, C. R. Goldman, Limnol. Oceanogr. 18, 189 (1973).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Tyler, R. C. Smith, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 595 (1967).
[CrossRef]

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, Photochemistry and Photobiology Reviews, Vol. 1 (Plenum, New York, 1976), p. 147.

Sorkin, M.

P. G. White, K. R. Jenkin, R. C. Ramsey, M. Sorkin, “Development and Flight Test of the Multichannel Ocean Color Sensor (MOCS),” NASA CR-2311 (1973).

Swift, R.

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

Swift, R. N.

Talay, T. A.

T. A. Talay, L. R. Poole, “Spectral Atmospheric Observations at Nantucket Island, May 7–14, 1981,” NASA Tech. Memo. 83196 (1981).

Tyler, J. E.

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, C. R. Goldman, Limnol. Oceanogr. 18, 189 (1973).
[CrossRef]

J. E. Tyler, R. C. Smith, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 57, 595 (1967).
[CrossRef]

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, Photochemistry and Photobiology Reviews, Vol. 1 (Plenum, New York, 1976), p. 147.

Watts, D. G.

G. M. Jenkins, D. G. Watts, Spectral Analysis and its Applications (Holden-Day, San Francisco, 1968), p. 296.

White, P. G.

P. G. White, K. R. Jenkin, R. C. Ramsey, M. Sorkin, “Development and Flight Test of the Multichannel Ocean Color Sensor (MOCS),” NASA CR-2311 (1973).

Wilson, W. H.

R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).

Zaneveld, J. R. V.

H. R. Gordon, R. C. Smith, J. R. V. Zaneveld, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 208, 14 (1979).

Appl. Opt. (3)

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

Limnol. Oceanogr. (5)

A. Bricaud, A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 26, 43 (1981).
[CrossRef]

K. S. Baker, R. C. Smith, Limnol. Oceanogr. 27, 3 (1982).
[CrossRef]

R. C. Smith, K. S. Baker, Limnol. Oceanogr. 23, 260 (1978).
[CrossRef]

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, C. R. Goldman, Limnol. Oceanogr. 18, 189 (1973).
[CrossRef]

A. Morel, L. Prieur, Limnol. Oceanogr. 22, 709 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. (2)

H. R. Gordon, R. C. Smith, J. R. V. Zaneveld, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 208, 14 (1979).

J. Kitchen, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 160, 31 (1978).

Sci. Am. (1)

X. X. Govindjee, R. Govindjee, Sci. Am. xx, 000 (Dec.1974).

Science (1)

H. R. Gordon, D. K. Clark, J. L. Mueller, W. A. Hovis, Science 210, 63 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

SIO Ref. (1)

R. W. Austin, S. Q. Duntley, W. H. Wilson, C. F. Edgerton, S. E. Moran, “Ocean Color Analysis,” SIO Ref.74–10 (1974).

Trans. Am. Geophys. Union (2)

W. E. Esaias, J. W. Campbell, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 69 (1982).

W. E. Esaias, T. M. Joyce, J. W. Campbell, G. W. Grew, F. Hoge, B. Kendall, R. Swift, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union 63, No. 3, 59 (1982).

Other (11)

R. C. Smith, J. E. Tyler, Photochemistry and Photobiology Reviews, Vol. 1 (Plenum, New York, 1976), p. 147.

G. W. Grew, “Real-Time Test of MOCS Algorithm during Superflux 1980,” in NASA CP-2188 (1981), p. 301.

J. W. Campbell, J. P. Thomas, Eds., “The Chesapeake Bay Plume Study: Superflux 1980,” NASA CP-2188 (1981).

T. A. Talay, L. R. Poole, “Spectral Atmospheric Observations at Nantucket Island, May 7–14, 1981,” NASA Tech. Memo. 83196 (1981).

N. G. Jerlov, “Significant Relationships between Optical Properties of the Sea,” in Optical Aspects of Oceanography, N. Jerlov, E. S. Nielsen, Eds. (Academic, New York, 1974), p. 77.

D. K. Clark, “Phytoplankton Algorithms for Nimbus-7 CZCS,” in Oceanography from Space, J. R. F. Gower, Ed. (Plenum, New York, 1981), p. 227.

A. Morel, “Optical Properties of Pure Water and Pure Sea Water,” in Optical Aspects of Oceanography (Academic, New York, 1974), p. 4.

R. W. Preisenderfer, Hydrologic Optics, Vol. I, Introduction, PB-259 793 (U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., 1976), p. 57.

P. G. White, K. R. Jenkin, R. C. Ramsey, M. Sorkin, “Development and Flight Test of the Multichannel Ocean Color Sensor (MOCS),” NASA CR-2311 (1973).

Since the algorithm is evaluated over the 440–529-nm region, the spectral region where accessory photopigments absorb strongly along with chlorophylls a, b, and c, and their degradation products, use of the term chlorophyll may be somewhat inaccurate. However, we will refer to chlorophyll concentration measured in situ and make the assumption that all blue-absorbing photopigments covary with chlorophyll.

G. M. Jenkins, D. G. Watts, Spectral Analysis and its Applications (Holden-Day, San Francisco, 1968), p. 296.

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