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Nature of surf-generated aerosol and its effect on electro-optical systems
Author(s): Stuart G. Gathman; Michael H. Smith
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Paper Abstract

One of the unique sources of aerosol found in the coastal environment is the action of the breaking waves near the shore. This paper utilizes the data obtained from a series of experiments from the Electro Qptical propagation Assessment in coastal nvironments program, EOPACE, which has as one of its objectives the determination of the impact of surf produced aerosols in the propagation of IR radiation. These experiments were carried out in both San Diego and Monterey Bay. This paper discusses some of the observed dynamic aerosol production processes as well as longer term effects involved with the breaking surf and the cloud of aerosol it produces. Several techniques used to investigate these include: a) profiles of aerosol size distributions above the surf b) spectral analysis of observed size selected aerosol concentration time series c) transmission paths across the surf and d) simultaneous aerosol measurements from boat and beach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3125, Propagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere, (23 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.283882
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Stuart G. Gathman, Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Ctr. (United States)
Michael H. Smith, Univ. of Sunderland (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3125:
Propagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere
Luc R. Bissonnette; Christopher Dainty, Editor(s)

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