Development of a large-aperture transportable lidar system

Duck, T. J., B. Firanski, C. Tyler, D. Kelly, M. Greene, B. Joyce, and C. Dickinson, In Reviewed and revised papers presented at the 22nd International Laser Radar Conference (ILRC 2004), ESA SP-561, ESA Publications Division, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 143 - 146. Proceedings of the 22nd International Laser Radar Conference, 12-16 July 2004, Matera, Italy, G. Pappalardo and A. Amodeo, editors, 2004.

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Abstract. A new large-aperture transportable lidar system for atmospheric measurements is being developed in the Atmospheric-Optics Laboratory at Dalhousie University. The lidar will ultimately employ an array telescope with an equivalent aperture of 1.6 m, and will be housed in a 12 m transportable observatory. The core systems of the lidar have been implemented, and observations using a 25 cm telescope have been obtained. A prototype node for the telescope array is under construction, and nears completion. The lidar system will be used for measurements of clouds, aerosols, water vapour, and middle atmospheric temperatures and waves. Measurements using the core lidar systems have recently begun, and have focused on observations of clouds and aerosols. First deployment of the transportable system is expected in July 2004 at Chebogue Point, Nova Scotia, during the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICART2) campaign.



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