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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2006
  • pp: 7698–7705

Analytic algorithms for determining radiative transfer optical properties of ocean waters

Ayşe Kaşkaş, Mustafa Ç. Güleçyüz, Cevdet Tezcan, and Norman J. McCormick  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 29, pp. 7698-7705 (2006)

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A synthetic model for the scattering phase function is used to develop simple algebraic equations, valid for any water type, for evaluating the ratio of the backscattering to absorption coefficients of spatially uniform, very deep waters with data from upward and downward planar irradiances and the remotely sensed reflectance. The phase function is a variable combination of a forward-directed Dirac delta function plus isotropic scattering, which is an elementary model for strongly forward scattering such as that encountered in oceanic optics applications. The incident illumination at the surface is taken to be diffuse plus a collimated beam. The algorithms are compared with other analytic correlations that were previously derived from extensive numerical simulations, and they are also numerically tested with forward problem results computed with a modified F N method.

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OCIS Codes
(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
(100.3190) Image processing : Inverse problems
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

Original Manuscript: March 23, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2006

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Ayşe Kaşkaş, Mustafa Ç. Güleçyüz, Cevdet Tezcan, and Norman J. McCormick, "Analytic algorithms for determining radiative transfer optical properties of ocean waters," Appl. Opt. 45, 7698-7705 (2006)

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