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Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

2014 year, number 1

Simulation of the sea surface statistical characteristics at the remote sensing in the optical range

A.S. Zapevalov, N.E. Lebedev
Marine Hydrophysical Institute National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2, Kapitanskaya St., Sevastopol, 99011, Ukraine
Keywords: slopes of the sea surface, slope distribution, angles of slope distribution, optical image, GramCharlier distribution

Abstract

Currently, the most widely used distribution of slopes of the sea surface is GramCharlier distribution. Limitations of its use in the simulation of light reflection from the sea surface are analyzed. It is shown that GramCharlier distribution does not allow one to build optical image throughout the full sensing range of angles for low Earth orbit spacecraft optical scanners. Empirical relations between statistical moments of sea surface slopes and their angles are obtained.