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Airborne Simulation Of A Satellite Based Doppler Lidar
Author(s): James W. Bilbro; George D. Emmitt
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in the application of lasers to remote sensing have prompted a series of feasibility studies to examine the potential for using a Doppler lidar to measure tropospheric winds around the globe. As presently envisioned, such a system would circle the earth tracing out a cycloidal pattern with its conically scanning laser beam. Each pulse, after undergoing scattering and absorption, would return to the sensor with information on the aerosol concentrations, atmospheric turbulence and the wind component along the laser beam's line-of-sight. The individual radial velocity measurements would then be combined to obtain an estimate of the horizontal u and v wind components for a specified volume of the earth's atmosphere. This paper addresses the feasibility of simulating such measurements from an airborne platform. It will briefly describe the changes in configuration required of the Marshall Space Flight Center's airborne Doppler lidar and will discuss the scalability of the meteorological phenomena to be measured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1984
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0493, Optical Platforms, (23 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943822
Show Author Affiliations
James W. Bilbro, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
George D. Emmitt, Simpson Weather Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0493:
Optical Platforms
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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