Oceanography The Official Magazine of
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Volume 17 Issue 02

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Volume 17, No. 2
Pages 44 - 49

Why Should We Measure the Optical Backscattering Coefficient?

Emmanuel Boss Dariusz StramskiTrisha BergmannW. Scott Pegau Marlon Lewis
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In recent years commercial sensors for in situ determinations of optical backscattering coefficient, bb, have become available. The small size and low power requirements of these sensors permit deployment from small sensing platforms such as autonomous underwater vehicles, in addition to standard profiling packages. Given their rapid sampling time (sub second) they can collect data with high temporal and spatial resolution (sub meter).


Boss, E., D. Stramski, T. Bergmann, W.S. Pegau, and M. Lewis. 2004. Why should we measure the optical backscattering coefficient? Oceanography 17(2):44–49, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2004.46.