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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1988
  • pp: 3969–3977

Airborne lidar detection of subsurface oceanic scattering layers

Frank E. Hoge, C. Wayne Wright, William B. Krabill, Rodney R. Buntzen, Gary D. Gilbert, Robert N. Swift, James K. Yungel, and Richard E. Berry  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 19, pp. 3969-3977 (1988)

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The airborne lidar detection and cross-sectional mapping of submerged oceanic scattering layers are reported. The field experiment was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Assateague Island, VA. NASA’s Airborne Oceanographic Lidar was operated in the bathymetric mode to acquire on-wavelength 532-nm depth-resolved backscatter signals from shelf/slope waters. Unwanted laser pulse reflection from the air–water interface was minimized by spatial filtering and off-nadir operation. The presence of thermal stratification over the shelf was verified by the deployment of airborne expendable bathythermographs. Optical beam transmission measurements acquired from a surface truthing vessel indicated the presence of a layer of turbid water near the sea floor over the inner portion of the shelf.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 25, 1988
Published: October 1, 1988

Frank E. Hoge, C. Wayne Wright, William B. Krabill, Rodney R. Buntzen, Gary D. Gilbert, Robert N. Swift, James K. Yungel, and Richard E. Berry, "Airborne lidar detection of subsurface oceanic scattering layers," Appl. Opt. 27, 3969-3977 (1988)

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