Marine Light Field Statistics. Ronald E. Walker. concepts of radiometry and derives the radiative trans- fer equation (RTE). He then develops various approxi- 1994.630 pp. $89.95. Hardbound. John Wiley & Sons. mate, analytic solutions of the RTE based on single ISBN 0-471-31046-8. and quasi-single scattering, small-angle scattering, and multiple-scattering diffusion approximations. This monograph treats in detail the statistical prop- Walker always advises the reader of the limitations of erties of natural marine light fields as they interact with these various approximate solutions, often via graphi- windblown random sea surfaces. This topic is of cal comparison with exact numerical solutions. From importance for many applications in optical remote these pieces, Walker then assembles a hybrid radio- sensing. In some cases, such as the remote determi- metric model that gives a closed-form, analytical nation of surface wind velocities, light reflected by the representation of both downwelling and upwelling wavy sea surface is the signal. In other cases, such as radiance distributions that is useful for many applica- the visual detection of underwater objects, it is a tions. He then compares the approximate hybrid model source of noise. with more exact numerical solutions of the RTE. The This is a subject of
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1995
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