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Space laser technologies for Earth observations
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Paper Abstract

Development of methods for laser sensing of the Earth from space is of great practical interest. Orbiting laser systems hold the greatest promise in studying parameters of the atmosphere. This paper analyzes methods for spaceborne laser sensing of profiles of aerosol scattering coefficient, which can serve as indicators of natural and anthropogenic catastrophes as well as detectors of light hydrocarbons, whose anomalies indicate oil and gas fields and leakages from oil and gas pipelines. The method of multifrequency elastic scattering is chosen for aerosol measurements, and the method of differential absorption with reflection from the Earth's surface in the IR region is shown to be suitable for the detection of methane.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4900, Seventh International Symposium on Laser Metrology Applied to Science, Industry, and Everyday Life, (29 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.484452
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Gennadii G. Matvienko, Institute of Atmospheric Optics (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4900:
Seventh International Symposium on Laser Metrology Applied to Science, Industry, and Everyday Life
Yuri V. Chugui; Sergei N. Bagayev; Albert Weckenmann; P. Herbert Osanna, Editor(s)

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