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Guang Pu Xue Yu Guang Pu Fen Xi. 2011 Jun;31(6):1648-53.

[Simulation and analysis of polarization characteristics for real sea surface sunglint].

[Article in Chinese]

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State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China.


The sea surface sunglint is caused by specular reflectance. Water is a kind of dark target with a very low reflectance, so sunglint becomes a big noise in the aerial or aerospace remote sensing images; sunglint is strongly polarized, and can be a natural standard light source for polarized sensor in-flight calibration; sunglint also can be utilized to retrieve gaseous constituents and aerosol properties. For both de-noising and being standard light source, the radiative physic parameters should be calculated accurately. First, A 3-D sea surface model was constituted according to the Cox & Munk model; Second, the polarized radiative model of sunglint was deduced based on the 3-D sea surface model and polarized Fresnel reflectance law; Third, the sensitivities of solar-viewing relative azimuth, zenith, wind speed and wind direction were analyzed utilizing the polarized radiative model. The polarization characteristics analysis of sunglint provides a theoretical basis for the quantitative remote sensing retrievals which uses sunglint.


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