Accession Number:

ADA024678

Title:

Sunlight and the Ocean.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-04-21

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

The brightness and color of the ocean when seen by natural sunlight is determined by the interaction of the sunlight with the atmosphere, the ocean surface, and the various substances in the ocean. As any substance in any of these regions changes, there are corresponding changes in the reflected and transmitted light which tell a great deal about the state of the ocean and atmosphere. These various factors and their influence on the light distribution in the ocean are reviewed. The results of theoretical calculations are reported which give the distribution of light both above and below the ocean surface for a wide variety of conditions.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE