The simple equation for the spherical albedo of a semi-infinite turbid medium is obtained. The accuracy of the approximation was studied with the numerical solution of the radiative transfer equation. The error is smaller than 10% for water clouds in the visible and the near infrared.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 2, 1997
Revised Manuscript: July 10, 1998
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 1998
Published: November 1, 1998
Alexander A. Kokhanovsky, "Reflection of light from semi-infinite turbid media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 2877-2878 (1998)