Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 8 (2013)

Modeling of the light transfer in a water column polluted with oil suspension

Z. A. Otremba


The radiance field in oil-polluted seawater determined at various depths for the central band of the light spectrum (547 nm) is considered. In the aquatic model, a flat sea surface, a cloud-free sky and selected inherent optical properties (IOPs) of natural seawater and oil-in-water emulsion are taken into account. The representative results of Monte Carlo photon trace simulations are presented for the directional radiance distribution (L), the directional distribution of the radiance reflectance (R_L) and the intensity of downward and upward irradiance (E).

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