Lidar Sensing of Aerosols and Clouds in the Troposphere and Stratosphere

John A. Reagan, M. Patrick Mccormick, James D. Spinhirne

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This paper reviews advances in the development and application of lidar as a tool for the remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols and clouds. The lidar sensing technique is reviewed first, followed by a summary of various approaches for solving the lidar equation to retrieve aerosol properties. Examples are presented of lidar applications of aerosol and cloud sensing in both the troposphere and stratosphere. These include environmental monitoring, atmospheric boundary layer studies, retrieval of aerosol optical and physical properties, sensing of clouds, and investigation of volcanic effects in the stratosphere. In addition to summarizing past and current work, comments are offered regarding the future outlook for aerosol and cloud sensing by both ground-based and spaceborne lidar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-448
Number of pages16
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1989

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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