Volume-Scattering Functions in Ocean Waters

  • Raymond C. Smith
  • Roswell W. Austin
  • Theodore J. Petzold
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 4)


Absolute values of the volume-scattering function, obtained in situ for a variety of natural ocean waters, are presented. The use of optical techniques to infer the concentration, optical characteristics, and size distribution of suspended particulate material in the ocean is outlined. The technique of using single-angle scatter meters to estimate the total volume-scattering function (and hence the suspended particle concentration) is discussed and an optimization of the technique, based upon the data presented, is suggested.


Phase Function Ocean Water Scripps Institution Suspended Particulate Material Suspended Particle Concentration 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond C. Smith
    • 1
  • Roswell W. Austin
    • 1
  • Theodore J. Petzold
    • 1
  1. 1.Scripps Institution of OceanographyUSA

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