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Multiple scattering in lidar remote sensing: nuisance and benefit
Author(s): Luc R. Bissonnette; Gilles Roy; Shiv R. Pal
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses adverse and favorable effects of multiple scattering in lidar measurements. Adverse effects arise because the conventional lidar equation ignores multiple scattering radiation. Hence, the parameters retrieved under this approximation are in error by an amount that depends on the multiple scattering strength. This is illustrated by numerical simulations of space-based DIAL measurements of atmospheric ozone profiles in the presence of cirrus clouds and ground layer aerosols. On the other hand, multiple scattering contributes additional information on the aerosol extinction coefficient and particle size. The paper shows that this can be exploited to derive simultaneous solutions for the extinction coefficient and mean particle diameter independently of external data as required in conventional solution methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 December 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3494, Atmospheric Propagation, Adaptive Systems, and Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing II, (7 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.332435
Show Author Affiliations
Luc R. Bissonnette, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Gilles Roy, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Shiv R. Pal, Ctr. for Research in Earth and Space Technology (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3494:
Atmospheric Propagation, Adaptive Systems, and Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing II
Adam D. Devir; Anton Kohle; Ulrich Schreiber; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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