Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 15, 4483–4500, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4483-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4483–4500, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4483-2021

Research article 24 Sep 2021

Research article | 24 Sep 2021

Development of a diffuse reflectance probe for in situ measurement of inherent optical properties in sea ice

Christophe Perron et al.

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Characterizing the evolution of inherent optical properties (IOPs) of sea ice in situ is necessary to improve climate and arctic ecosystem models. Here we present the development of an optical probe, based on the spatially resolved diffuse reflectance method, to measure IOPs of a small volume of sea ice (dm3) in situ and non-destructively. For the first time, in situ vertically resolved profiles of the dominant IOP, the reduced scattering coefficient, were obtained for interior sea ice.