Rayleigh scattering predominates where electromagnetic radiation interacts with particles that are smaller than the wavelength of the incoming light. The effect of the Rayleigh scattering is inversely proportional to the fourth power of the wavelength. Shorter wavelengths are scattered more than longer wavelengths. In the absence of these particles and scattering the sky would appear black. In the context of remote sensing, the Rayleigh scattering is the most important type of scattering. It causes a distortion of spectral characteristics of the reflected light when compared to measurements taken on the ground.
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