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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 27 — Dec. 19, 2011
  • pp: 26429–26443

A new parameterization of spectral and broadband ocean surface albedo

Zhonghai Jin, Yanli Qiao, Yingjian Wang, Yonghua Fang, and Weining Yi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 27, pp. 26429-26443 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.026429


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Abstract

A simple yet accurate parameterization of spectral and broadband ocean surface albedo has been developed. To facilitate the parameterization and its applications, the albedo is parameterized for the direct and diffuse incident radiation separately, and then each of them is further divided into two components: the contributions from surface and water, respectively. The four albedo components are independent of each other, hence, altering one will not affect the others. Such a designed parameterization scheme is flexible for any future update. Users can simply replace any of the adopted empirical formulations (e.g., the relationship between foam reflectance and wind speed) as desired without a need to change the parameterization scheme. The parameterization is validated by in situ measurements and can be easily implemented into a climate or radiative transfer model.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2700) General : General science
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(350.5610) Other areas of optics : Radiation

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 16, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2011
Published: December 12, 2011

Virtual Issues
Vol. 7, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Zhonghai Jin, Yanli Qiao, Yingjian Wang, Yonghua Fang, and Weining Yi, "A new parameterization of spectral and broadband ocean surface albedo," Opt. Express 19, 26429-26443 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-27-26429


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