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Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

2015 year, number 12

Allowance for a polarization in passive sensing of the reflective properties of the Earth surface from space

A.V. Zimovaya1, M.V. Tarasenkov1,2, V.V. Belov1,2
1V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, 1, Academician Zuev square, Tomsk, 634021, Russia
2National Research Tomsk State University, 36, Lenin Avenue, Tomsk, 634050,Russia
Keywords: перенос оптического излучения в атмосфере, спутниковое пассивное зондирование земной поверхности, вектор-параметр Стокса, метод Монте-Карло, optical radiation transfer in the atmosphere, passive satellite sensing of the Earth surface, Stokes vector-parameter, Monte-Carlo method


Problem of allowance for a polarization in statistical simulation of satellite imaging of the Earth surface in the optical wavelength range is considered. It is demonstrated that neglecting the polarizing properties of radiation can lead to significant errors in the reconstructed reflection coefficient of weakly reflecting surfaces.