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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10535–10542

Modeling of thickness dependent infrared radiance contrast of native and crude oil covered water surfaces

Wei-Chuan Shih and A. Ballard Andrews  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10535-10542 (2008)

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We present a model for infrared radiance contrast of native and crude oil covered water surfaces. This model is based on the so called “direct” approach by treating individual volumetric elements as incoherent radiators. The total emitted radiation is calculated by the sum of individual contributions from the oil film and the underlying water, respectively. Therefore, different temperatures can be assigned to the oil film and water assuming quasi-static temperature distribution, enabling modeling of differential heating of the oil film during daytime. This model can be applied to remote sensing, particularly, to explain the historically observed thickness-dependent contrast in native and crude oil covered sea surfaces.

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OCIS Codes
(260.3060) Physical optics : Infrared
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(280.6780) Remote sensing and sensors : Temperature

ToC Category:
Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: May 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 27, 2008
Published: June 30, 2008

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Wei-Chuan Shih and A. B. Andrews, "Modeling of thickness dependent infrared radiance contrast of native and crude oil covered water surfaces," Opt. Express 16, 10535-10542 (2008)

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