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CLEO: Applications and Technology
Baltimore, Maryland United States
May 1-6, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55752-910-7
Airborne and Space Lidar (ATuA)

ICESat-2 and the Importance of Space-Based Laser Altimetry Measurements

Matthew McGill and Thorsten Markus  »View Author Affiliations


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This presentation will summarize the motivation for space-based laser altimetry, the science requirements for ICESat-2, and the current concept for the ICESat-2 mission. ICESat-2 will employ a photon-counting measurement approach using a high-repetition rate laser in a multi-beam configuration. 150-word Biography: Dr. Matthew McGill is a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. McGill has developed multiple laser remote sensing instruments, primarily for use on high-altitude research aircraft. He is currently serving as Instrument Scientist for the ICESat-2 mission, where his role is to ensure that the science requirements for the mission are met by the instrument implementation being developed. As part of that role, Dr. McGill has also been responsible for developing an airborne demonstrator instrument to validate the proposed ICESat-2 measurement concept.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

M. McGill and T. Markus, "ICESat-2 and the Importance of Space-Based Laser Altimetry Measurements," in CLEO:2011 - Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA1.

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