The particulate optical backscattering coefficient (bbₚ) is a
fundamental optical property that allows monitoring of marine suspended
particles both in situ and from space. Backscattering measurements in the
open ocean are still scarce, however, especially in oligotrophic regions.
Consequently, uncertainties remain in bbₚ parameterizations as well as
in satellite estimates...
The diurnal fluctuations in solar irradiance impose a fundamental frequency on ocean biogeochemistry. Observations of the ocean carbon cycle at these frequencies are rare, but could be considerably expanded by measuring and interpreting the inherent optical properties. A method is presented to analyze diel cycles in particulate beam-attenuation coefficient (c[subscript...