Wave-induced irradiance variability in the upper ocean from modeling and observations


A Monte Carlo based radiative transfer model has been developed to reproduce the availability of solar radiation down to 100 m water depth. The model is especially designed to simulate spatial high resolution downwelling irradiance Ed fluctuations that arise from the de-/focusing effect of surface waves. The potential depth-impact of single waves, including capillary and swell waves, and of all possible sea states is assessed by considering favorable conditions for light focusing.
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