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Optical Engineering

Spaceborne lidar remote sensing techniques aided by surface returns
Author(s): John A. Reagan; David A. Zielinskie
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes approaches for using the strong return signals from ground/sea reflections to improve upon the information that can be retrieved from spaceborne lidar observations. Relations are presented for computing lidar ground/sea returns, and examples are given for representative lidar parameters and surface characteristics. Various methods are outlined for obtaining information about atmospheric transmittance, surface reflectance, and aerosol/cloud features from lidar ground/sea returns. Techniques for retrieving aerosol extinction profiles from atmospheric lidar returns are also presented, including retrieval examples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 30(1) doi: 10.1117/12.55776
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 30, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
John A. Reagan, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
David A. Zielinskie, Univ. of Arizona (United States)


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