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On the effect of sun altitude on the horizontal distribution of natural light underwater

  • Author(s): Tyler, John E
  • et al.

SIO Reference 60-17. Skylighting which is symmetrical about the zenith generates a light vector diagram which is symmetrical about the vertical axis. When the sun departs from a position of symmetry the light vector diagrams become distorted. The extent of this distortion can to some extent be predicted from a knowledge of the scattering and reflecting properties of the water. The method of prediction is explained.

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