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Airborne Lidar Measurements Of Aerosols
Author(s): M P McCormick; G S Kent
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Paper Abstract

The airborne lidar system of the Aerosol Research Branch, NASA Langley Research Center, has been used since 1978 to study the behavior of the stratospheric aerosol on a global scale. The system, in its current configuration, can operate at a wavelength of either 0.6943 pm (ruby laser) or 0.530 μm (frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser). It has a 35-cm diameter receiving telescope and is capable of making simultaneous dual-polarization measurements on the back-scattered signal. The lidar has been flown onboard the NASA Electra, P-3 Orion, and CV 990 aircraft. The advantages of an airborne lidar system over its ground-based counterpart are the ability for it to be directed to any region of interest and to survey atmospheric aerosols over a wide range of latitudes and longitudes. The 'present system has been used for four areas of study. These are (1) satellite correlative measurements, (2) volcanic stratospheric injection studies, (3) polar vortex behavior, and (4) polar stratospheric cloud observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 1988
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 0889, Airborne and Spaceborne Lasers for Terrestrial Geophysical Sensing, (12 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944240
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M P McCormick, NASA (United States)
G S Kent, ST Systems Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0889:
Airborne and Spaceborne Lasers for Terrestrial Geophysical Sensing
Frank Allario, Editor(s)

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