About the Method of Specular Points (in English)

Gardashov R. H.

For calculation of the characteristics of light, reflected from a wavy sea surface two approach is commonly used. The first, so called “Method of statistically distributed facets”, that allows only calculating the average values of reflected light characteristics. The second: “Method of specular points” that gives the same result for average of characteristics, but it enables to calculate the fluctuations of theirs. Moreover, the method specular points deals with a visually sensing parameters of surface such as number, location and curvatures of specular points. These parameters that can be derived from glint images allow determining sea surface wave state by solving of direct and inverse problem. Besides, from this parameters can be determined an instantaneous relief of the sea surface, that opens opportunity for formulation and solution new problems.

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