Concurrent measurements of sea-surface retroreflectance and associated wind velocity acquired with an airborne CO2 Doppler lidar are described. These observations provide further insight into thermal infrared optical phenomenology of air-sea interface processes, contribute to a greater understanding of radiation transfer between the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, and enable improved models of wind-driven ocean-surface stress applicable to other remote sensing applications. In particular, we present lidar measurements of azimuthally anisotropic reflectance behavior and discuss the implications to current understanding of sea-surface optical properties.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 20, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2002
Published: November 20, 2002
David M. Tratt, Robert T. Menzies, Meng P. Chiao, Dean R. Cutten, Jeffry Rothermel, R. Michael Hardesty, James N. Howell, and Stephen L. Durden, "Airborne Doppler lidar investigation of the wind-modulated sea-surface angular retroreflectance signature," Appl. Opt. 41, 6941-6949 (2002)