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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 23 — Aug. 10, 2013
  • pp: 5631–5639

Sun glint estimation in marine satellite images: a comparison of results from calculation and radiative transfer modeling

Susan Kay, John Hedley, and Samantha Lavender  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 23, pp. 5631-5639 (2013)

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The intensity and location of Sun glint in two Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) images was modeled using a radiative transfer model that includes elevation features as well as the slope of the sea surface. The results are compared to estimates made using glint flagging and correction approaches used within standard atmospheric correction processing code. The model estimate gives a glint pattern with a similar width but lower peak level than any current method, or than that estimated by a radiative transfer model with surfaces that include slope but not height. The MERIS third reprocessing recently adopted a new slope statistics model for Sun glint correction; the results show that this model is an outlier with respect to both the elevation model and other slope statistics models and we recommend that its adoption should be reviewed.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: May 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2013
Published: August 5, 2013

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Susan Kay, John Hedley, and Samantha Lavender, "Sun glint estimation in marine satellite images: a comparison of results from calculation and radiative transfer modeling," Appl. Opt. 52, 5631-5639 (2013)

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