Spectral Irradiance Penetration in Natural Waters

  • Karen S. Baker
  • Raymond C. Smith
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


In order to investigate the influence of ultraviolet radiant energy on marine organisms, it is necessary to quantitatively describe the spectral irradiance, E(z,λ), present in the UV-B region of the spectrum. Models have been developed which provide for the descriptive organization of spectral irradiance data for a wide range of atmospheric conditions (Baker et al., 1980, hereafter referred to as BSG; Baker et al., this volume) and for a wide range of ocean water types (Smith and Baker, 1978b, hereafter referred to as SBI; Baker and Smith, in press, hereafter referred to as BSII). In the following we summarize this previous work and discuss its implications in terms of the influence of underwater UV-B radiation on marine organisms.


Natural Water Biological Effective Dose Spectral Irradiance Scripps Institution Diffuse Attenuation Coefficient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen S. Baker
    • 1
  • Raymond C. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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