Proceedings PaperEstimation of inherent optical properties from irradiance measurements: Monte Carlo simulations
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Using Monte Carlo simulations of radiative transfer in the ocean-atmosphere system, a scheme is developed in which the inherent optical properties of a homogeneous ocean can be estimated from irracliance measurements made near the surface. If just irradiance measurements as a function of the solar zenith angle are available, then the backscattering coefficient and the volume scattering function at scattering angles greater than about 600 can be estimated. If in addition the beam attenuation coefficient is measured, then the absorption and scattering coefficients can be estimated as well.