Sun Glint in the Mediterranean Sea

Sun Glint in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Credit:

    Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

The patterns visible to the south of the Greek islands in this SeaWiFS image are possible caused by variations in the specular reflection of sunlight from the water's surface. Land masses perturb the wind field which in turn results in bands of differing roughness and wave orientation at the sea surface which in turn affects how much sun glint the sensor sees.

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  • Data Date:

    June 20, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    June 20, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS


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