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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2003
  • pp: 542–544

Pitfalls in atmospheric correction of ocean color imagery: how should aerosol optical properties be computed?: comment

Howard R. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 3, pp. 542-544 (2003)

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The Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) experience suggests that in most situations the aerosol models presently in use for atmospheric correction of ocean color imagery are sufficient for this task. It has been shown [Appl. Opt. 41, 412 (2002)] that the top-of-atmosphere reflectances computed for more realistic aerosol models differ from those computed for presently used models but have not shown that they will yield a better atmospheric correction, e.g., through direct application to ocean color imagery. Thus they provide no evidence that the presently used aerosol models are inadequate, or that their use is a pitfall in atmospheric correction.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

Original Manuscript: April 29, 2002
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2002
Published: January 20, 2003

Howard R. Gordon, "Pitfalls in atmospheric correction of ocean color imagery: how should aerosol optical properties be computed?: comment," Appl. Opt. 42, 542-544 (2003)

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