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Preliminary optical classification of lakes and coastal waters in Estonia and south Finland
Reinart, A.; Herlevi, A.; Arst, H.; Sipelgas, L. (2003). Preliminary optical classification of lakes and coastal waters in Estonia and south Finland, in: Ohlson, M. et al. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 22nd Conference of the Baltic Oceanographers (CBO), Stockholm, Sweden, 25-29 November 2001. Journal of Sea Research, 49(4): pp. 357-366
In: Ohlson, M.; Omstedt, A.; Turner, D. (Ed.) (2003). Proceedings of the 22nd Conference of the Baltic Oceanographers (CBO), Stockholm, Sweden, 25-29 November 2001. Journal of Sea Research, 49(4). Elsevier: Amsterdam. 227-374 pp., more
In: Journal of Sea Research. Elsevier/Netherlands Institute for Sea Research: Amsterdam; Den Burg. ISSN 1385-1101, more
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  • Reinart, A.; Herlevi, A.; Arst, H.; Sipelgas, L. (2003). Preliminary optical classification of lakes and coastal waters in Estonia and south Finland. J. Sea Res. 49(4): 357-366. dx.doi.org/10.1016/s1385-1101(03)00019-4, more

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Keywords
    Attenuation; Brackishwater environment; Classification; Dystrophic lakes; Eutrophic lakes; Freshwater lakes; Oligotrophic lakes; Optical properties; Reflectance; ANE, Estonia [Marine Regions]; ANE, Finland [Marine Regions]; Estonia [Marine Regions]; Finland [Marine Regions]; Brackish water; Fresh water

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  • Reinart, A.
  • Herlevi, A.
  • Arst, H.
  • Sipelgas, L.

Abstract
    A preliminary optical classification of lakes in Estonia and south Finland which can also be used for small bays of the Baltic Sea is elaborated. The classification is based on the optical properties of water (diffuse attenuation coefficient, diffuse reflectance) and parameters that are routinely monitored in water bodies (Secchi depth, concentration of chlorophyll-a, total suspended matter and yellow substance). The data complex used for our classification covers different types of water ecosystems (ranging from oligotrophic to hypertrophic) and the variability of water constituent concentrations in the ice-free period in Estonia and south Finland. Using cluster analysis, we found 5 optical classes of waters: clear (C), moderate (M), turbid (T), very turbid (V) and brown (B). There is satisfactory correspondence between class of water, shape of diffuse attenuation coefficient and diffuse reflectance spectra and trophic state of the lakes.

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