Remotely sensed reflectance and its dependence on vertical structure: a theoretical derivation.

  title={Remotely sensed reflectance and its dependence on vertical structure: a theoretical derivation.},
  author={J R Zaneveld},
  journal={Applied optics},
  volume={21 22},
An exact expression for the remotely sensed reflectance (RSR, upwelling radiance divided by downwelling scalar irradiance) just beneath the surface of the ocean is derived from the equation of radiative transfer. It is shown that the RSR at a given depth in the ocean depends only on the inherent optical properties, the attenuation coefficient for upwelling radiance, and two shape factors that depend on the radiance distribution and volume scattering function. The shape factors are shown to be… CONTINUE READING

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