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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2010
  • pp: 2784–2796

Platform effects on optical variability and prediction of underwater visibility

Grace Chang, Michael S. Twardowski, Yu You, Mark Moline, Peng-wang Zhai, Scott Freeman, Matthew Slivkoff, Francesco Nencioli, and George W. Kattawar  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 15, pp. 2784-2796 (2010)

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We present hydrographic and optical data collected concurrently from two different platforms, the R/P FLoating Instrument Platform and the R/V Kilo Moana, located about 2 km apart in the Santa Barbara Channel in California. We show that optical variability between the two platforms was due primarily to platform effects, specifically the breakdown of stratification from mixing by the hull of R/P FLIP. Modeled underwater radiance distribution differed by as much as 50% between the two platforms during stratified conditions. We determine that the observed optical variability resulted in up to 57% differences in predicted horizontal visibility of a black target.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7295) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Visibility and imaging

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 12, 2010
Published: May 12, 2010

Grace Chang, Michael S. Twardowski, Yu You, Mark Moline, Peng-wang Zhai, Scott Freeman, Matthew Slivkoff, Francesco Nencioli, and George W. Kattawar, "Platform effects on optical variability and prediction of underwater visibility," Appl. Opt. 49, 2784-2796 (2010)

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