Abstract

The influence of background contamination on the apparent reflectance of a target as viewed from space has been studied as a function of the characteristics of atmospheric aerosols and the simple geometry of the target. For relatively common aerosol characteristics, the main features of the environment effect may be accounted for by simple correction terms, which depend only upon the optical thicknesses of aerosols and the molecular scattering of the atmosphere.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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