Polarized light field under dynamic ocean surfaces: Numerical modeling compared with measurements

You, Yu; Kattawar, George W.; Voss, Kenneth J.; Bhandari, Purushottam; Wei, Jianwei; Lewis, Marlon; Zappa, Christopher J.; Schultz, Howard

As part of the Radiance in a Dynamic Ocean (RaDyO) program, we have developed a numerical model for efficiently simulating the polarized light field under highly dynamic ocean surfaces. Combining the advantages of the three-dimensional Monte Carlo and matrix operator methods, this hybrid model has proven to be computationally effective for simulations involving a dynamic air-sea interface. Given water optical properties and ocean surface wave slopes obtained from RaDyO field measurements, model-simulated radiance and polarization fields under a dynamic surface are found to be qualitatively comparable to their counterparts from field measurements and should be quantitatively comparable if the light field measurement and the wave slope/water optical property measurements are appropriately collocated and synchronized. This model serves as a bridge to connect field measurements of water optical properties, wave slopes and polarized light fields. It can also be used as a powerful yet convenient tool to predict the temporal underwater polarized radiance in a real-world situation. When appropriate surface measurements are available, model simulation is shown to reveal more dynamic features in the underwater light field than direct measurements.


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Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
American Geophysical Union
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February 23, 2016