, Volume 784, Issue 1, pp 265–282 | Cite as

Spatial and seasonal variation in diffuse attenuation coefficients of downward irradiance at Ibitinga Reservoir, São Paulo, Brazil

  • Carolline Tressmann CairoEmail author
  • Claudio Clemente Faria Barbosa
  • Evlyn Márcia Leão de Moraes Novo
  • Maria do Carmo Calijuri
Primary Research Paper


Estimates of light availability in the water column require accurate quantification at different depths of the diffuse attenuation coefficient (K d). This study examines spatial and seasonal variability of K d derived variables [euphotic zone depth (Z eu), attenuation depth (Z att)], their relationship with optically active constituents (OACs), and their impact on the underwater light field at Ibitinga Reservoir (São Paulo, Brazil). Radiometric data were acquired using profiling spectroradiometers operating from 320 to 950 nm in four campaigns (February–July 2014) concurrently with OAC water samplings. Minimum and maximum values of K dPAR were, respectively, 0.99 and 3.45 m−1 for average ranges of OACs varying from 14.4 to 16.2 mg/l for dissolved total carbon, 11.5–100.5 μg/l for chlorophyll-a, 1.8–14.5 mg/l for total suspended solid, and from 0.73 to 1.71 m−1 for absorption coefficient of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in 440 nm (a CDOM440). CDOM removed blue wavelengths in the first meter of the water column throughout seasons, while green wavelengths were predominant with increasing depth. Furthermore, this study demonstrated that K d variability is mainly influenced by the presence of phytoplankton and CDOM in the reservoir, and reveals that the seasonal variability of K d was much larger than spatial variability.


Diffuse attenuation coefficient Tropical reservoir Optically active constituents Underwater light field 



Carolline Tressmann Cairo thanks CNPq for the Master’s Degree Fellowship and INPE Postgraduate Program. The authors thank FAPESP (Project 2008/56252-0) and CAPES Foundation/PROEX for the financial support of data acquisition, coworkers (Renato Ferreira, Lino Sander de Carvalho, Daniel Schaffer, Joaquim Antônio Dionísio Leão, Leandro Coutinho, Conrrado Rudorff, Carlos Araujo) for their support in field campaigns and Dr. Felipe Lobo for his contribution in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolline Tressmann Cairo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudio Clemente Faria Barbosa
    • 2
  • Evlyn Márcia Leão de Moraes Novo
    • 1
  • Maria do Carmo Calijuri
    • 3
  1. 1.Remote Sensing DivisionNacional Institute for Space Research-INPESão José dos CamposBrazil
  2. 2.Image Processing DivisionNacional Institute for Space Research-INPESão José dos CamposBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Hydraulic and Sanitation, School of Engineering at São CarlosUniversity of São PauloSão CarlosBrazil

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