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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2008
  • pp: 3701–3721

Emissivity and reflection model for calculating unpolarized isotropic water surface-leaving radiance in the infrared. I: Theoretical development and calculations

Nicholas R. Nalli, Peter J. Minnett, and Paul van Delst  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 21, pp. 3701-3721 (2008)

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Although published sea surface infrared (IR) emissivity models have gained widespread acceptance for remote sensing applications, discrepancies have been identified against field observations obtained from IR Fourier transform spectrometers at view angles 40 ° . We therefore propose, in this two-part paper, an alternative approach for calculating surface-leaving IR radiance that treats both emissivity and atmospheric reflection in a systematic yet practical manner. This first part presents the theoretical basis, development, and computations of the proposed model.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer
(280.6780) Remote sensing and sensors : Temperature
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: November 28, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2008
Published: July 11, 2008

Nicholas R. Nalli, Peter J. Minnett, and Paul van Delst, "Emissivity and reflection model for calculating unpolarized isotropic water surface-leaving radiance in the infrared. I: Theoretical development and calculations," Appl. Opt. 47, 3701-3721 (2008)

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