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Appl Opt. 2008 Jul 20;47(21):3846-59.

Improving atmospheric correction for highly productive coastal waters using the short wave infrared retrieval algorithm with water-leaving reflectance constraints at 412 nm.

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  • 1Optical Remote Sensing Laboratory, City College of New York, New York, New York 10031, USA.


The recently developed short wave infrared (SWIR) atmospheric correction algorithm for ocean color retrieval uses long wavelength channels to retrieve atmospheric parameters to avoid bright pixel contamination. However, this retrieval is highly sensitive to errors in the aerosol model, which is magnified by the higher variability of aerosols observed over urban coastal areas. While adding extra regional aerosol models into the retrieval lookup tables would tend to increase retrieval error since these models are hard to distinguish in the IR, we explore the possibility that for highly productive waters with high colored dissolved organic matter, an estimate of the 412 nm channel water-leaving reflectance can be used to constrain the aerosol model retrieval and improve the water-leaving reflectance retrieval. Simulations show that this constraint is particularly useful where aerosol diversity is significant. To assess this algorithm we compare our retrievals with the operational SeaWiFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS) SWIR and near infrared retrievals using in situ validation data in the Chesapeake Bay and show that, especially for absorbing aerosols, significant improvement is obtained. Further insight is also obtained by the intercomparison of retrieved remote sensing reflectance images at 443 and 551 nm, which demonstrates the removal of anomalous artifacts in the operational SeaDAS retrieval.

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