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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6493–6504

Light transfer at the ocean surface modeled using high resolution sea surface realizations

Susan Kay, John Hedley, Samantha Lavender, and Alex Nimmo-Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6493-6504 (2011)

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The behavior of light at the air-sea interface has been investigated using ray tracing methods with numerically realized surfaces that incorporate features on scales from 3 millimeters to 200 meters. The directional reflection of light at the surface realizations was tested using Monte Carlo code. Estimated directionally reflected radiances were generally in good agreement with those from existing methods that model the slope statistics but not the shape of the sea surface. However, significant differences were found for some incident and exitant directions. The model was used to quantitatively estimate the pixel-to-pixel variation in ocean color images caused by spatial variation in the sea surface shape.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2011
Published: March 22, 2011

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Susan Kay, John Hedley, Samantha Lavender, and Alex Nimmo-Smith, "Light transfer at the ocean surface modeled using high resolution sea surface realizations," Opt. Express 19, 6493-6504 (2011)

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