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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 24496–24504

An optical remote sensing model for estimating oil slick thickness based on two-beam interference theory

Yingcheng Lu, Xiang Li, Qingjiu Tian, and Wenchao Han  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 24496-24504 (2012)

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Oil slick thickness was an important parameter for estimating oil spill volume. Two-beam interference theory could be used to interpret the behavior of reflected and refracted light in oil slick. A quantitative relationship between thickness and spectral reflectance of oil slick could be established based on this theory. Some parameters have the properties of numerical oscillation and can be ignored in practical application. In addition, numerical approximation results showed that two parameters of the relationship were closely related to the spectral reflectance of background water and the thick oil slick. Therefore, a practical model for estimating oil slick thickness could be derived and proved to be consisted with theoretical relationship.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(070.4560) Fourier optics and signal processing : Data processing by optical means
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2012
Published: October 11, 2012

Yingcheng Lu, Xiang Li, Qingjiu Tian, and Wenchao Han, "An optical remote sensing model for estimating oil slick thickness based on two-beam interference theory," Opt. Express 20, 24496-24504 (2012)

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