A climatological field of mean optical properties of the world ocean


  • Jean-Yves Simonot,

  • Hervé Le Treut


A 5° × 5° climatological field of the extinction coefficient of solar irradiance versus depth is obtained for the world ocean. A simple method of merging various data (prior to 1974) concerning the water transparency has been used. The final product is obtained through a careful subjective analysis. It should be useful for the purpose of climatological modeling.