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Modeling of visibility of oil in the sea
Author(s): Zbigniew Otremba
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Paper Abstract

Method and exemplary results of modeling of light reflectance function related to sea polluted with crude oil are explained. Crude oil existing as surface film and as suspension in the bulk of water is considered. The Monte Carlo method of photons life simulation is used in order to specify upward light fluxes. Results of modeling of oil contaminants visibility in the sea indicates the role of inherent optical properties of the seawater, sun elevation, weather or sea-state - besides of obvious factors like film thickness, oil droplets concentration or depth of 'oil cloud'. On the other hand - either oil concentration or 'cloud' depth does not indicate linear relation with the value of contrast of polluted area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4881, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VI, (8 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.462606
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Zbigniew Otremba, Gdynia Maritime Univ. (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4881:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VI
Hiroyuki Fujisada; Joan B. Lurie; Michelle L. Aten; Konradin Weber; Joan B. Lurie; Michelle L. Aten; Konradin Weber, Editor(s)

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