Satellite ocean color revolutionized our understanding of Earth's oceans. Ocean color utilizes the intensity and spectral variation of light scattered upward from beneath the ocean surface to derive optical properties and constituent concentrations. Contemporary ocean color radiometers rely on scalar treatment of light, thus neglecting its polarization components. Polarized light carries information that is currently underutilized in ocean color. Multi-angle polarimeters have been successful in improving our understanding of aerosol and cloud properties, and several satellite missions are planned to host advanced multi-angle polarimeters - including NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission. With the increasing availability of airborne and satellite polarimeters, and recent advancements in technology, radiative transfer, and in-situ systems, it is time to fully assess the value of multi-angle polarimetry for ocean color applications. This session will showcase results that contribute to this assessment. Papers highlighting airborne, satellite, in-situ, and radiative transfer analyses are welcome.
Session ID: 44332.
Session Title: OS002: Advancing the Use of Multi-angle Polarimetry for Ocean-color Remote-sensing Applications.
Section/Focus Group: Ocean Sciences.
Conveners: Jeremy Werdell (NASA GSFC), Paula Bontempi (NASA HQ), Bryan Franz (NASA GSFC), and Amir Ibrahim (NASA GSFC).