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Plume detection and tracking using Doppler lidar aerosol and wind data
Author(s): Stephen M. Hannon; J. Alex L. Thomson; Duane D. Smith
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Paper Abstract

Doppler lidar sensors provide a unique capability to generate high resolution 3D distributions of wind and aerosol data. Appropriately processed, these data can yield useful detection, tracking and short-term prediction information relating to the extent, density and location of potentially dangerous isolated aerosol plumes. The aerosol data are analyzed to detect above-threshold inhomogeneities and the wind and turbulence data are used to provide short- term prediction of plume propagation. Broadcast of these data to plume dispersion models can enable robust prediction of dispersion and propagation over longer time periods. Performance predictions are given for both wind and aerosol measurements. Sample processed field data results are presented for Doppler lidars operating at the eyesafe 2 micron wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3757, Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics III, (22 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366435
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen M. Hannon, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
J. Alex L. Thomson, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Duane D. Smith, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3757:
Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics III
Arthur J. Sedlacek; Kenneth W. Fischer, Editor(s)

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