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The Use Of Airborne Lasers In Terrestrial And Water Environments
Author(s): William B. Krabill; L. E. Link; R. N. Swift
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Paper Abstract

Since 1977 the NASA Airborne Oceanographic Lidar (AOL) has been utilized to evaluate the potential of airborne lidar systems for a variety of marine and terrestrial applications. The AOL is designed as a flying laser laboratory with flexibility that allows rapid modification of transmitter and receiver optical configurations as well as operation with various lasers. This flexibility in design has permitted the use of the AOL for numerous types of investigations in differing and often unrelated disciplines. The AOL can can be operated in two basic modes; backscattered signals can be temporally resolved and recorded in the bathymetric mode, while in the fluorescensing mode returning on-wavelength, water Raman, and laser induced flourescence response signals are spectrally resolved. Results of investigations conducted during the past several years over marine and terrestrial targets are discussed along with planned improvements to the lidar system. Results are presented for terrain, shoreline, and ice topography, and hydrography performed in the bathymetric mode as well as for chlorophyll a and phytoplankton photopigment investigations performed in the fluorosensing mode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1983
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0414, Optical Engineering for Cold Environments, (22 September 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935887
Show Author Affiliations
William B. Krabill, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)
L. E. Link, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (United States)
R. N. Swift, EG&G/Washington Analytical Services Center, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0414:
Optical Engineering for Cold Environments
George W. Aitken, Editor(s)

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