Spatial and temporal variability in bio-optical properties of the Wadden Sea

A. Hommersom, S.W.M. Peters, M. Wernand, J. de Boer

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Abstract

The Wadden Sea, a shallow coastal area bordering the North Sea, is optically a complex area due to its shallowness, high turbidity and fast changes in concentrations of optically active substances. This study gathers information from the area on concentrations of suspended particulate matter (SPM), Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a), and Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM), on total absorption and beam attenuation, and on reflectances from the whole area. It examines the processes responsible for variations in these. Sampling took place at 156 stations in 2006 and 2007. At 37 locations also the specific inherent optical properties (SIOPs) were determined. Results showed large concentration ranges of 2-450 (g m
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-370
JournalEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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