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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 14 — Jul. 6, 2009
  • pp: 11747–11752

Small-scale effects of underwater bubble clouds on ocean reflectance: 3-D modeling results

Jacek Piskozub, Dariusz Stramski, Eric Terrill, and W. Kendall Melville  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 14, pp. 11747-11752 (2009)

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We examined the effect of individual bubble clouds on remote-sensing reflectance of the ocean with a 3-D Monte Carlo model of radiative transfer. The concentrations and size distribution of bubbles were defined based on acoustical measurements of bubbles in the surface ocean. The light scattering properties of bubbles for various void fractions were calculated using Mie scattering theory. We show how the spatial pattern, magnitude, and spectral behavior of remote-sensing reflectance produced by modeled bubble clouds change due to variations in their geometric and optical properties as well as the background optical properties of the ambient water. We also determined that for realistic sizes of bubble clouds, a plane-parallel horizontally homogeneous geometry (1-D radiative transfer model) is inadequate for modeling water-leaving radiance above the cloud.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.4455) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic propagation
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2009
Published: June 29, 2009

Jacek Piskozub, Dariusz Stramski, Eric Terrill, and W. Kendall Melville, "Small-scale effects of underwater bubble clouds on ocean reflectance: 3-D modeling results," Opt. Express 17, 11747-11752 (2009)

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