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Evolution and new advances in Doppler lidar for atmospheric studies
Author(s): R. Michael Hardesty; W. Alan Brewer; Sara C. Tucker; Robert M. Banta
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Paper Abstract

Doppler lidar continues to advance as a useful method for remote sensing of atmospheric winds. Applications from mobile and ship-based platforms have demonstrated the impact of coherent lidar observations for studying the structure of the stable and marine boundary layers. Airborne deployments enable observations over extended areas, and were used to measure water vapor transport over the US Great Plains. Recently, smaller coherent lidars operating at 1.6 μm have become commercially available. A new direct detection lidar currently will enable airborne observations in aerosol-sparse atmospheric regions. Efforts to extend Doppler lidar to space are underway in Europe, with a Doppler lidar winds mission planned for late 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 December 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7027, 15th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 70270T (19 December 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.822502
Show Author Affiliations
R. Michael Hardesty, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (United States)
W. Alan Brewer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Sara C. Tucker, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (United States)
Robert M. Banta, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7027:
15th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja Dreischuh; Elena Taskova; Ekaterina Borisova; Alexander Serafetinides, Editor(s)

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