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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2002
  • pp: 6931–6936

Near-infrared radiance measurements as a ground reflection signature

Frank W. Gallagher, III and William H. Beasley  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 33, pp. 6931-6936 (2002)

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Observations of the spectrum of light from thunderstorms indicate that the radiance amplitude of the near-IR portion of the spectrum is often relatively greater in comparison with the amplitude of the radiance of the visible portion of the spectrum than it is in the spectrum of solar radiation at the surface. Observational data suggest that two mechanisms may cause this effect. The first is the reduction in the shorter wavelengths due to selective scattering, and the second is selective reflection from foliage.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1320) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric transmittance
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2002
Published: November 20, 2002

Frank W. Gallagher and William H. Beasley, "Near-infrared radiance measurements as a ground reflection signature," Appl. Opt. 41, 6931-6936 (2002)

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