Bio-optical characterization of phytoplankton groups

  The main aim of this study was to understand the bio-optical properties of phytoplankton in the Western Iberia coast, according to size class. This was done by:

Radiative transfer modeling

A Monte Carlo code for ocean color simulations (MOX)  has been developed to model in-water radiometric fields of downward and upward irradiance (Ed and Eu), and upwelling radiance (Lu) in a two-dimensional domain with a high spatial resolution.

Bio-optical algorithms

The first part of the study addressed the selection and quality assurance of field measurements for deriving seawater inherent optical properties from reflectance data in optically complex coastal basins.