Abstract

The particulate scattering characteristics of coastal waters were examined at nine locations around the United States, including near-shore sites in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The scattering measurements were used in conjunction with inversion models to estimate particle size distributions and bulk refractive indices of the suspended particles. The relationships between various scattering properties and chlorophyll concentration were also investigated and compared with previous relationships described for case I waters. Although the general patterns of scattering and particle characteristics in coastal waters were fairly consistent, fine-scale variability within the water column was substantial. Combining optical measurements with inversion techniques provided a more informative view of the environment and a better understanding of the nature of particle populations in the coastal ocean.

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