The spectral volume scattering function (VSF) was measured in a coastal environment from 0.6° to 177.3° by use of a recently developed device. The spectral variations of the particulate VSF and phase function (i.e., ratio of the VSF to the scattering coefficient) were examined as a function of the scattering angle. The angular dependency of both VSF and phase- function spectra was highly sensitive to the absorption and to the size distribution of the particles. As a result, the use of spectrally neutral phase functions in radiative-transfer modeling is questioned.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 22, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 2005
Malik Chami, Eugeny B. Shybanov, Gueorgui A. Khomenko, Michael E.-G. Lee, Oleg V. Martynov, and Gennady K. Korotaev, "Spectral variation of the volume scattering function measured over the full range of scattering angles in a coastal environment," Appl. Opt. 45, 3605-3619 (2006)