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Experimental feasibility of the airborne measurement of absolute oil fluorescence spectral conversion efficiencyAirborne lidar oil spill experiments carried out to determine the practicability of the AOFSCE (absolute oil fluorescence spectral conversion efficiency) computational model are described. The results reveal that the model is suitable over a considerable range of oil film thicknesses provided the fluorescence efficiency of the oil does not approach the minimum detection sensitivity limitations of the lidar system. Separate airborne lidar experiments to demonstrate measurement of the water column Raman conversion efficiency are also conducted to ascertain the ultimate feasibility of converting such relative oil fluorescence to absolute values. Whereas the AOFSCE model is seen as highly promising, further airborne water column Raman conversion efficiency experiments with improved temporal or depth-resolved waveform calibration and software deconvolution techniques are thought necessary for a final determination of suitability.
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Hoge, F. E.
(NASA Wallops Flight Center Wallops Island, VA, United States)
Swift, R. N.
(EG & G Washington Analytical Services Center Inc., Pocomoke City, MD, United States)
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August 11, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1983
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Publication: Applied Optics
Volume: 22
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