Mutual shadowing and directional reflectance of a rough surface - A geometric-optical modelA Monte Carlo simulation of mutual shadowing effects is presented. Results of these simulations and the corresponding modeling efforts are also presented. Simulation results show that the assumption that all illumination shadows will preferentially occupy the lower surface of crowns is not realistic enough and may cause a considerable discrepancy between modeled results and simulation. Therefore, the model was modified by making the probability that a point on the surface of the crown is illuminated to be a function of height from the base of the crown, while still accounting for the fact that at the hotspot the probability that all illuminated points are viewed is one. With this change, modeled results show better agreement with the simulations.
Li, Xiaowen (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Strahler, Alan H. (Boston Univ. MA, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: IGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-47551 20-43)