Laboratory measurements of light beam depolarization by a turbulent flow,
corresponding to oceanic turbulence within the oceanic mixed layer, show that the
depolarization rate ( to ) correlates with turbulence strength and is consistent with
polarized lidar observations [Opt. Express , 16, 1196
(2008)]. These results imply
that one should be able to characterize oceanic turbulence with polarimetric oceanic
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