The depth dependence for which the downward diffuse attenuation coefficient, the upward-to-downward plane irradiance ratio, the vertically upward radiance-to-downward plane irradiance ratio, and the mean cosine of the radiance depend negligibly on the surface incident illumination have been examined. The depths at which these coefficients approach to within a specified percent of their asymptotic values depends significantly on the characteristics of the incident illumination and on the inherent optical properties of the water. This information is useful when solving inverse ocean optics problems with a method for which the radiance is assumed to be approximately in the asymptotic regime.
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(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
Brian D. Piening and Norman J. McCormick, "Asymptotic Optical Depths in Source-Free Ocean Waters," Appl. Opt. 42, 5382-5387 (2003)