Abstract

A factor significantly affecting the ultraviolet (UV) radiation’s interactions with the aquatic environ ment is the concentration of suspended sediment. We utilize data on UV penetration, absorption, and scattering in Lake Biwa, Japan, reported by Belzile et al. [Limnol. Oceanogr. 47, 95 (2002)], to drive Monte Carlo simulations of UV penetration. We generated Monte Carlo models (2 billion photons per simulation) of four stations reported by Belzile et al.: two low sediment stations and two high sediment stations. New modes are proposed for analyzing UV penetration and dosage factors for aquatic organisms in sediment dominated aquatic environments.

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