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Semianalytic Monte Carlo radiative transfer model for oceanographic lidar systems

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A semianalytic Monte Carlo radiative transfer model (SALMON) has been developed which is particularly well-suited for addressing oceanographic lidar systems. SALMON is based on the method of expected values in which an analytical estimate is made of the probability of collection by a remote receiver of scattered or emitted photons at appropriate points in the stochastically constructed underwater photon trajectory. Sample results indicate that a substantial reduction in both variance and computer resources can be realized by using SALMON, as compared with more conventional Monte Carlo approaches, to study radiative transfer mechanisms associated with lidar systems.

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