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Overview of the first Multicenter Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS) experiment: conversion of a ground-based lidar for airborne applications
Author(s): James N. Howell; R. Michael Hardesty; Jeffrey Rothermel; Robert T. Menzies
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Paper Abstract

The first Multi center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS) field experiment demonstrated an airborne high energy TEA CO2 Doppler lidar system for measurement of atmospheric wind fields and aerosol structure. The system was deployed on the NASA DC-8 during September 1995 in a series of checkout flights to observe several important atmospheric phenomena, including upper level winds in a Pacific hurricane, marine boundary layer winds, cirrus cloud properties, and land-sea breeze structure. The instrument, with its capability to measure 3D winds and backscatter fields, promises to be a valuable tool for climate and global change, severe weather, and air quality research. In this paper, we describe the airborne instrument, assess its performance, discuss future improvements, and show some preliminary results from the September experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2833, Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics, (12 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258146
Show Author Affiliations
James N. Howell, NOAA (United States)
R. Michael Hardesty, NOAA (United States)
Jeffrey Rothermel, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert T. Menzies, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2833:
Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics
Arthur J. Sedlacek, Editor(s)

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