Impact of Polarizing Non-Lambertian Surface and Volume Scattering on Polarized Light Signatures: Importance to Remote Sensing
Technical Report,09 Jun 2015,01 Oct 2016
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken United States
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A modernized and upgraded version of the polarized vector radiative transfer algorithm VDISORT-OD5 will be used to study the interaction of polarized light with realistic rough surfaces. The end goal is to analyze the impact of rough surfaces on polarized light at arbitrary polar angles, and to carry out a sensitivity analysis of the influence of rough surfaces on polarized light. Although thermal radiation is initially unpolarized when emitted in the atmosphere, it becomes polarized by scattering processes with aerosols and clouds and through interactions with polarizing surfaces. The proposed work will analyze the impact of rough surface and volume scattering on polarized light at arbitrary polar angles, and perform a sensitivity analysis of the influence of rough surface and volume scattering on polarized light. Utilization of the polarized bi-directional reflection capabilities in VDISORT-MOD5 will enhance our understanding of the interaction of polarized light with realistic surfaces and is of utmost importance in remote sensing analysis for correct characterization of rough surfaces with respect to fundamental spectral signature development, surface modeling, experimental validation, synthetic image generation, and improvement of both quantitative remote sensing algorithm performance and accuracy assessment of image analysis.
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