Phan Minh Thu, Bui Hong Long, Pham Ngoc Lang
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  • Phan Minh Thu Institute of Oceanography, VAST
  • Bui Hong Long Institute of Oceanography, VAST
  • Pham Ngoc Lang Graduate University of Science and Technology, VAST



Optical property, apparent optical properties (AOP), inherent optical properties (IOP), Nha Trang bay.


Marine optics of seawater includes apparent optical properties (AOP) and inherent optical properties (IOP). Based on survey data in the period of 2013-2014, the paper showed features and spatial and temporal variations of marine optical properties of seawater as well as the impacts of some environmental parameters on these variables. The average of light attenuation coefficient was quantitation of 0.122 ± 0.052 m-1 in the dry season and 0.187 ±
0.121 m-1 in the rainy season. Euphotic zone depth, z1% reflecting the depth where photosynthetically available radiation (PAR) is 1% of its surface value, averaged 29.50 ± 9.05 m in the dry season and 24.68 ± 10.60 m in the rainy season. The absorption coefficient of detritus components in water virtually underwent few changes between dry and rainy seasons but CDOM (Colored Dissolved Organic Matter) in the rainy season was much higher than that in the dry season. The seawater optical properties were influenced by the seawater components and closely related to environmental parameters of waters.


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How to Cite

Thu, P. M., Long, B. H., & Lang, P. N. (2017). MARINE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF SEAWATER IN NHA TRANG BAY. Vietnam Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 17(2), 149–157.




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