The sunglint geometrical optics equations of a statistically faceted sea, supported by the
so-called interaction probability density and employing an averaging hybrid of the Cox–Munk
and Mermelstein slope statistics, was successful in simulating 0.5 μm sunglint region
characteristics. The results match independent experimental data, and good agreement is reported
for various sea conditions and Sun locations, on sunglint amplitude, sunglint location, and
azimuth range. In particular, the peak reflectance shift from the specular direction toward the
horizon is correctly predicted, and it is found that the physical mechanism responsible for the
shift is the accumulation of contributing facets near the horizon.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
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