MODIS/Aqua Normalization for Reflection/Refraction Effects

Note that the application of both corrections is conceptually equivalent to the Gothic-R term described in Morel et al. 2002. The proposed correction is minimal at low solar zenith angles. It becomes significant above 50 degrees, reaching ~5% at 60 degrees and 10-20% at 75 degrees solar zenith (highest at longest wavelengths). The correction also accounts for changes in sea surface conditions, as the downwelling reflection/refraction losses diminish with increasing wind speed (surface roughness).


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18 January 2005, P. Jeremy Werdell, NASA Ocean Biology Processing Group, SSAI