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Particle distributions and index of refraction estimation for Canadian waters
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Extensive measurements were carried out of the optical properties of seawater off the East and West Coasts of Canada using a full-spectrum near-forward angle nephelometer (NEARSCAT). Using a new phase function adapted specifically to scattering from water borne particles, we analyze the data from coastal waters in the Straits of Juan de Fuca and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We show explicitly how the spectral properties can be combined with the angular properties to more reliably extract the Junge exponent of the particle size distribution and the mean index of refraction of the particles. We obtain a simple analytic expression for the normalized cumulative phase function that can be used to compute the backscatter ratio, and its explicit wavelength dependence. Accurate estimation of this wavelength dependence is required for accurate hyperspectral image prediction.

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Date Published: 28 October 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3761, Airborne and In-Water Underwater Imaging, (28 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366486
Show Author Affiliations
J. Luc Forand, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Georges R. Fournier, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3761:
Airborne and In-Water Underwater Imaging
Gary D. Gilbert, Editor(s)

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