Abstract

The radiation field for an atmosphere–ocean system is calculated by a Monte Carlo method. In the atmosphere, both Rayleigh scattering by the molecules and Mie scattering by the aerosols and water droplets, when present, as well as molecular and aerosol absorption are included in the model. Similarly, in the ocean, both Rayleigh scattering by the water molecules and Mie scattering by the hydrosols as well as absorption by the water molecules and hydrosols are considered. Separate scattering functions are calculated from the Mie theory for the water droplets in clouds, the aerosols, and the hydrosols with an appropriate and different size distribution in each case. The photon path is followed accurately in three dimensions with new scattering angles determined from the appropriate scattering function including the strong forward scattering peak. Both the reflected and refracted rays, as well as the rays that undergo total internal reflection, are followed at the ocean surface, which is assumed smooth. The ocean floor is represented by a Lambert surface. The radiance and flux are given for two wavelengths, three solar angles, shallow and deep oceans, various albedos of ocean floor, various depths in atmosphere and ocean, and with and without clouds in the atmosphere.

© 1969 Optical Society of America

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