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Measurement of ocean water optical properties and seafloor reflectance with scanning hydrographic operational airborne lidar survey (SHOALS): II. Practical results and comparison with independent data
Author(s): Grady H. Tuell; Viktor Feygels; Yuri Kopilevich; Alan D. Weidemann; A. Grant Cunningham; Reza Mani; Vladimir Podoba; Vinod Ramnath; J. Y. Park; Jen Aitken
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Paper Abstract

Estimation of water column optical properties and seafloor reflectance (532 nm) is demonstrated using recent SHOALS data collected at Fort Lauderdale, Florida (November, 2003). To facilitate this work, the first radiometric calibrations of SHOALS were performed. These calibrations permit a direct normalization of recorded data by converting digitized counts at the output of the SHOALS receivers to input optical power. For estimation of environmental parameters, this normalization is required to compensate for the logarithmic compression of the signals and the finite frequency of the bandpass of the detector/amplifier. After normalization, the SHOALS data are used to estimate the backscattering coefficient, the beam attenuation coefficient, the single-scattering albedo, the VSF asymmetry, and seafloor reflectance by fitting simulated waveforms to actual waveforms measured by the SHOALS APD and PMT receivers. The resulting estimates of these water column optical properties are compared to in-situ measurements acquired at the time of the airborne data collections. Images of green laser bottom reflectance are also presented and compared to reflectance estimated from simultaneously acquired passive spectral data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5885, Remote Sensing of the Coastal Oceanic Environment, 58850E (22 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619215
Show Author Affiliations
Grady H. Tuell, Optech International, Inc. (United States)
Viktor Feygels, Optech International, Inc. (United States)
Yuri Kopilevich, Optech International, Inc. (United States)
Alan D. Weidemann, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
A. Grant Cunningham, Optech Inc. (Canada)
Reza Mani, Optech Inc. (Canada)
Vladimir Podoba, Optech Inc. (Canada)
Vinod Ramnath, Optech International, Inc. (United States)
J. Y. Park, Optech International, Inc. (United States)
Jen Aitken, Optech International, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5885:
Remote Sensing of the Coastal Oceanic Environment
Robert J. Frouin; Marcel Babin; Shubha Sathyendranath, Editor(s)

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