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Opt Express. 2008 Jan 21;16(2):1196-207.

Polarization effects on oceanographic lidar.

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  • 1NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, USA.


A simplified radiative transfer equation yields a simple analytic expression for the co- and cross-polarized return in a linearly polarized oceanographic lidar. This equation agrees well with the lidar data over a wide range of oceanographic conditions. The relationship between depolarization and lidar attenuation shows three distinct relationships corresponding to water within the Columbia River plume, near-shore water outside of the plume, and off-shore water.

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