Modeling polarized radiances toward the development of an aerosol retrieval method
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Polarized radiances reflected from aerosol laden atmospheres were modeled. An atmospheric aerosol model was defined which corresponds to a clean oceanic environment composed mainly of sulfate particles. This model specifies an aerosol size distribution and optical properties. Fifteen atmospheric scenes composed of varying solar zenith angles and aerosol optical depths were defined to explore the scene dependent nature of the top of the atmosphere total and polarized radiances. The sensitivity of the forward model to aerosol optical depth was examined for these fifteen cases. A comprehensive error ...