Depth profiles and polarization characteristics of airborne lidar return signals have been calculated by the Monte Carlo method. We analyze some peculiarities of depth profiles of lidar return signals for a rough air–water interface. The distorting effect of the atmosphere on the lidar return signal structure is evaluated as a function of the geometry of the observations. Calculated results are compared with the data of airborne lidar measurements for λ = 0.53 μm.
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(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
Georgii M. Krekov, Margarita M. Krekova, and Vitalii S. Shamanaev, "Laser Sensing of a Subsurface Oceanic Layer. I. Effect of the Atmosphere and Wind-Driven Sea Waves," Appl. Opt. 37, 1589-1595 (1998)