Accession Number:

ADA285613

Title:

Radiance of the Ocean Horizon

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL COMMAND CONTROL AND OCEAN SURVEILLANCE CENTER RDT AND E DIV SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

99.0

Abstract:

Cox and Munk 1954 proposed that the fluctuating surface of the open ocean could be accurately represented by many small mirror-like facets, each of which is randomly tilted with respect to the local horizon. Through aerial photographs of sun glint, they determined the statistical distribution of capillary wave slopes as a function of wind velocity. However, when their equation connecting the slope distribution with sun glint is used on the horizon, an infinite glint is predicted even though it can easily be shown that sun glint should never exceed solar radiance. The objective of this report is to remove the infinite horizon radiance from the Cox-Munk model of the ocean surface. Radiance, Sun glints, Wind speed, Reflection

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE