TERRAPUB Journal of Oceanography

Journal of Oceanography, Vol. 60 (No. 3), pp. 519-530, 2004

Development of a Neural Network Algorithm for Retrieving Concentrations of Chlorophyll, Suspended Matter and Yellow Substance from Radiance Data of the Ocean Color and Temperature Scanner

Akihiko Tanaka1*, Motoaki Kishino2, Roland Doerffer3, Helmut Schiller3, Tomohiko Oishi4 and Tadashi Kubota4

1Nagasaki Industrial Promotion Foundation, Bunkyo Nagasaki 852-8521, Japan
25-2-10-115 Nishibori, Saitama 338-0832, Japan
3Institute of Hydrophysics, GKSS Research Centre, Max-Planck Strasse 1, Geesthacht, D-21502, Germany
4School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University, Orido Shimizu, Shizuoka 424-8610, Japan

(Received 1 April 2002; in revised form 9 June 2003; accepted 9 June 2003)

Abstract: An algorithm is presented to retrieve the concentrations of chlorophyll a, suspended pariclulate matter and yellow substance from normalized water-leaving radiances of the Ocean Color and Temperature Sensor (OCTS) of the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (ADEOS). It is based on a neural network (NN) algorithm, which is used for the rapid inversion of a radiative transfer procedure with the goal of retrieving not only the concentrations of chlorophyll a but also the two other components that determine the water-leaving radiance spectrum. The NN algorithm was tested using the NASA's SeaBAM (SeaWiFS Bio-Optical Mini-Workshop) test data set and applied to ADEOS/OCTS data of the Northwest Pacific in the region off Sanriku, Japan. The root-mean-square error between chlorophyll a concentrations derived from the SeaBAM reflectance data and the chlorophyll a measurements is 0.62. The retrieved chlorophyll a concentrations of the OCTS data were compared with the corresponding distribution obtained by the standard OCTS algorithm. The concentrations and distribution patterns from both algorithms match for open ocean areas. Since there are no standard OCTS products available for yellow substance and suspended matter and no in situ measurements available for validation, the result of the retrieval by the NN for these two variables could only be assessed by a general knowledge of their concentrations and distribution patterns.

*Corresponding author E-mail: akihiko@tanaka.email.ne.jp

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