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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Global Climate Measurement

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

Using Laser Imaging Dection and  Ranging (LIDaR) for optical remote sensing techniques where optical dispersion techniques are used to examine atmoshperic trace gas densities.  The outcome of this project will determine the feasiability of using this particular technique compared to current absorption measurement approaches.

When investigating the processes in the atmosphere, measurement of trace gas concentrations is essential.  However, measuring trace gas concentrations is very challenging because exteme sensitivity to detection.   LIDaR (Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging) is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure the distance to, or other properties of, targets by illuminating the target using laser light and analyzing the backscattered light. LIDAR technology has many applications including atmospheric physics. The proposed technology uses LIDaR to determine atmospheric trace gas concentrations.

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