Lidar Systems and Measurements

We (Dr. Sharma and Dr. Lienert and I) began using lidars in the 90s when we built and used a scanning lidar at Bellows Beach for coastal aerosol studies (see http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/lidar). Since then I have build several smaller lidar systems for atmospheric research and Dr. Sharma has develop Stand-Off Raman systems.  The image below shows the aerosol scattering coefficient obtained from a small lidar system while driving around the south-east corner of Oahu on a strong trade wind day. The aerosol extinction coeffient values have been constrained by sumultaneous sun photometer measurements. The dark brown regions are clouds.

How Lidars Work

Lidar Systems
Lidar Measurements
Lidar Calibration