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The Rayleigh lookup tables for the SeaWiFS data processing: accounting for the effects of ocean surface roughness

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In the atmospheric correction of ocean colour remote sensing, it is important to account for the effects of ocean surface roughness (wind speed) in the computation of Rayleigh radiance lookup tables, in particular, for the large solar and/or sensor zenith angles (>~60°). In the paper, both simulated and the SeaWiFS-retrieved results that demonstrate the effects of the ocean surface wind speed on the Rayleigh radiance computations for the various solar and sensor-viewing geometries as well as on the performance of atmospheric corrections are presented and discussed. An improved set of Rayleigh lookup tables, in which the Rayleigh scattering radiance is also a function of the sea surface wind speed, were generated and implemented into the SeaWiFS data processing system in May 2000.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 20, 2002

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