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Polarized Views Of The Earth From Orbital Altitude
Author(s): Kinsell L. Coulson; Victor S. Whitehead; Charles Campbell
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Paper Abstract

By means of a pair of boresighted and synchronized cameras fitted with orthogonally oriented polarizing filters and carried aboard the Space Shuttle, a large number of polarized images of the earth's surface have been obtained from orbital altitude. Selected pairs of images, both in color and in black and white, have been digitized and computer processed to yield analogous images in each of the three Stokes parameters necessary for characterizing the state of linear polarization of the emergent light. Many of the images show surface properties more distinctly in degree and plane of polarization than in simple intensity alone. However, the maximum information content as well as noise suppression and minimization of atmospheric interference, is achieved by proper combinations of the Stokes parameters. It is believed that these are first, and certainly the most extensive, set of polarized images of the earth ever obtained from space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0637, Ocean Optics VIII, (7 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.964213
Show Author Affiliations
Kinsell L. Coulson, University of California (United States)
Victor S. Whitehead, NASA Johnson Soace Center (United States)
Charles Campbell, Lockheed Engineering Management Services Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0637:
Ocean Optics VIII
Marvin A. Blizard, Editor(s)

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