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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2013
  • pp: 23997–24014

What percentage of the oceanic mixed layer is accessible to marine lidar? Global and the Gulf of Mexico prospective

D. J. Bogucki and G. Spiers  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 20, pp. 23997-24014 (2013)

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The oceanic mixed layer is a nearly homogenous region of the upper ocean which, in principle, has a little or no variation in turbulence strength, temperature or density with depth. This layer mediates oceanic fluxes of gas, momentum and heat. Here, based on the chosen [1] marine Lidar system, we have carried out estimates of the depth penetration of the Lidar when compared to the local mixed layer depth. On average, we have found that at least 50% of the global oceanic mixed layer depth is accessible to the Lidar observations. When operating in a single scattering mode, which is more attenuating but more amenable to analysis, the modeled Lidar was found to access 0.4 of global mixed layer depth in half of the cases. The single scattering Lidar was found to access a large fraction of the equatorial mixed layer - a region very important when addressing global climatic issues. In a coastal environment such as the Gulf of Mexico the single scattering Lidar was found to penetrate upper half of the mixed layer, underscoring the potential for Lidar to address environmental issues there.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.4455) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic propagation

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2013
Published: October 1, 2013

D. J. Bogucki and G. Spiers, "What percentage of the oceanic mixed layer is accessible to marine lidar? Global and the Gulf of Mexico prospective," Opt. Express 21, 23997-24014 (2013)

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