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Development and application of lidar technology for environmental studies
Author(s): R. M. Hardesty; R. J. Alvarez; R. M. Banta; W. A. Brewer; J. C. Churnside; L. S. Darby; J. L. Machol; C. J. Senff; S. C. Tucker
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Paper Abstract

At NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory, lidar systems have been developed and applied to environmental probing for more than three decades. Progressing from early investigations of atmospheric turbidity and winds employing ruby and CO2 lasers, current work is focused on the application of sensors to measure atmospheric properties important for improving air quality understanding and forecasting, and quantifying important climate forcing mechanisms. Additionally, lidar systems are being used for probing the ocean to observe fish schools and marine mammals for research on estuarine health. Here we briefly describe development and applications of lidar systems for characterizing winds and turbulence in the atmosphere, distribution and transport of ozone and aerosol concentrations in urban areas, and inventory of fish stocks in coastal water.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6604, 14th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 66041X (13 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.727195
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R. M. Hardesty, NOAA Earth System Research Lab. (United States)
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (United States)
R. J. Alvarez, NOAA Earth System Research Lab. (United States)
R. M. Banta, NOAA Earth System Research Lab. (United States)
W. A. Brewer, NOAA Earth System Research Lab. (United States)
J. C. Churnside, NOAA Earth System Research Lab. (United States)
L. S. Darby, NOAA Earth System Research Lab. (United States)
J. L. Machol, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (United States)
C. J. Senff, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (United States)
S. C. Tucker, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (United States)


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14th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications

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