The article provides both theoretical and experimental results of 3D radiative transfer, perhaps unique to this method. The network of ground-based cameras can measure the aerosol’s optical properties in wavelengths ranging from UV to the near infrared, in contrast with lidar, which can only measure on one or a few wavelengths. This is an important advantage of the proposed method.
I would like to point out that the novel approach proposed here is very interesting and potentially quite important for the ocean color remote sensing and atmosphere lidar communities. Scanning aerosol lidar can measure the atmosphere’s back-scattering and extinction coefficients along different directions and detection distances. A comparison of lidar measurement data with the results of the camera measurement techniques proposed in this paper could provide further validation to the effectiveness of the new approach. Perhaps the authors of this paper should collaborate with scientists working in ocean color remote sensing or on lidar networks in order to explore the potential of their technique in these areas.
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