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Providing sensors and services for ocean optics research

Courtesy of Mr and Mrs James L. Washburn.

Courtesy of Mr and Mrs James L. Washburn.

J. Ronald Zaneveld

Radiative Transfer, 2011

The painting shows radiative transfer both visually and mathematically. You can see the effects of reflection and refraction at the surface in Snell’s circle. The deeper water is darker because of attenuation. Selective absorption is shown in the color of the coral with depth. Light scattering is shown by the halo of sunlight around one of the divers. This is brighter closer to the diver due to forward scattering being stronger at smaller angles. The instrument string contains various optical instruments to provide input into the equation.

Professor emeritus of Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, J. Ronald Zaneveld is the recipient of the 2006 Jerlov Award by The Oceanography Society. He also co-founded two successful ocean optics companies, Sea Tech ad WET Labs.