Mass-specific scattering cross sections of suspended sediments and aggregates: theoretical limits and applications

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Robert H. Stavn, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The spectral mass-specific scattering cross section is most important for the remote sensing inversion of the concentration of suspended mineral matter in the coastal ocean. This optical parameter is also important in optical theory and therefore the theoretical limits of this parameter are important. There are differing reports in the literature on the magnitude of and its spectral slope in different coastal ocean systems. To account for and predict these differences, I have applied a model of the size distribution of primary suspended mineral particles and aggregates of these particles to theoretical calculations of. I utilized a model of mineral particle aggregates by Khelifa and Hill [Khelifa, A. and P.S. Hill, J. Hydraul. Res. 44, 390 (2006)] and Latimer's optical model of aggregates [Latimer, P., Appl. Opt. 24, 3231, (1985)]. I have been able to account for the variations in magnitude and spectral slope of. This analysis will apply to not only inverting the concentration of suspended mineral matter but also provides the basis for inverting the processes of coagulation and aggregation of primary mineral particles in determining sedimentation rates, budgets, etc.

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Optics Express, 20(1), 201-219
Language: English
Date: 2012
inherent optical-properties, light-scattering, continental-shelf, size distribution, minerogenic particles, particulate matter, fractal dimensions, oceans

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