Empirical chlorophyll algorithm and preliminary SeaWiFS validation for the California Current

Citation:
Kahru, M, Mitchell BG.  1999.  Empirical chlorophyll algorithm and preliminary SeaWiFS validation for the California Current. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 20:3423-3429.

Date Published:

Nov

Keywords:

ocean color

Abstract:

A new empirical chlorophyll algorithm is proposed for SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor) and other ocean colour sensors. The CAL-P6 algorithm uses a sixth-order polynomial of the ratio of normalized water leaving radiances (L-WN) at 490 nm and 555 nm and is based on 348 measurements of L-WN,, and chlorophyll-a in the California Current. Validation of the SeaWiFS-derived chlorophyll values with 27 concurrent in situ measurements showed high correlation (r(2) = 0.93 in the log-log space) but significant overestimation by SeaWiFS at high chlorophyll-a concentration. The problem was traced to significant underestimation of the SeaWiFS-derived L-WN,, (490) at high chlorophyll-a concentration (3-5mgm(-3)). Further refinement of the atmospheric correction is needed for SeaWiFS to attain its goal of 35% accuracy for chlorophyll retrieval in the coastal zone.

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DOI:

10.1080/014311699211453