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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 5 — Mar. 6, 2006
  • pp: 1703–1719

Fast and accurate model of underwater scalar irradiance for stratified Case 2 waters

Cheng-Chien Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 1703-1719 (2006)

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This paper is devoted to the derivation of a fast and accurate model of scalar irradiance for stratified Case 2 waters. Five strategies are formulated and employed in the new model, including (1) reallocating the sky radiance, (2) approximating the influence of the air-water interface, (3) constructing a look-up table of average cosine based on the single-scattering albedo and the backscatter fraction, (4) calculating the phase function of surrogate particles in Case 2 waters, and (5) using the average cosine as an index to cope with stratified waters. A comprehensive model-to-model comparison shows that the new model runs more than 1,400 times faster than the commercially-available Hydrolight model, while it limits the percentage error to 2.03% and the maximum error to less than 6.81%. This new model can be used interactively in models of the oceanic system, such as biogeochemical models or the heat budget part of global circulation models.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: December 15, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 19, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2006
Published: March 6, 2006

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Cheng-Chien Liu, "Fast and accurate model of underwater scalar irradiance for stratified Case 2 waters," Opt. Express 14, 1703-1719 (2006)

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