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Potential pitfalls related to space-based lidar remote sensing of the Earth with an emphasis on wind measurement
Author(s): Michael J. Kavaya; Gary D. Spiers; Rod G. Frehlich
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Paper Abstract

A collection of issues is discussed that are potential pitfalls, if handled incorrectly, for earth-orbiting lidar remote sensing instruments. These issues arise due to the long target ranges, high lidar-to-target relative velocities, low signal levels, use of laser scanners, and other unique aspects of using lasers in earth orbit. Consequences of misunderstanding these topics range from minor inconvenience to improper calibration to total failure. We will focus on wind measurement using coherent detection Doppler lidar, but many of the potential pitfalls apply also to noncoherent lidar wind measurement, and to measurement of parameters other than wind.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4153, Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring, (13 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417072
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Michael J. Kavaya, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gary D. Spiers, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Rod G. Frehlich, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4153:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring
Upendra N. Singh; Upendra N. Singh; Kazuhiro Asai; Toshikasu Itabe; Toshihiro Ogawa; Nobuo Sugimoto, Editor(s)

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