Accession Number : AD0616778

Title :   AN INVESTIGATION OF THE VERTICAL VARIATION OF LIGHT SCATTERING IN MONTEREY BAY, CALIFORNIA.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Bassett,Charles H. ,Jr. ; furminger,Harry C.

Report Date : 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : An investigation of the vertical variations of the scattering coefficients for visible light at a selected location in Monterey Bay, California, was conducted during December, 1964, January and February, 1965. Fortysix water samples were collected at various depths on five separate sampling days. Where possible, concurrent light attenuation (horizontal) and solar light extinction measurements were made in situ. The water samples collected were analyzed for density and inorganic phosphates. From the scattering coefficients computed, and hand-fitting of scattering function curves with theoretical curves, the particle size and particle concentration was estimated for each sample. The relationships between the sea water density, phosphate content, and the empirically derived scattering coefficient, particle size, and particle concentration were examined. The only significant correlation found is that between particle size and particle concentration. A particle concentration maximum was observed above and adjacent to the pycnocline where one existed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LIGHT, SCATTERING), (*SEA WATER, LIGHT TRANSMISSION), CALIFORNIA, SALINITY, ATTENUATION, PHOSPHATES, DETERMINATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE