Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Ocean Sci., 14, 1523–1545, 2018
Ocean Sci., 14, 1523–1545, 2018

Research article 11 Dec 2018

Research article | 11 Dec 2018

Parameterization of phytoplankton spectral absorption coefficients in the Baltic Sea: general, monthly and two-component variants of approximation formulas

Justyna Meler et al.

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In our paper, new versions of a simplified mathematical description (parameterization) of light absorption coefficients by phytoplankton suspended in the surface layer of the Baltic Sea in relation to chlorophyll a concentration and the concentration of accessory pigments are presented. The practical value of the simple parameterizations presented in this work should be seen in the opportunities for applying them to the development of remote-sensing methods.