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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2002
  • pp: 401–406

Helicopter-based lidar system for monitoring the upper ocean and terrain surface

Kwi Joo Lee, Youngsik Park, Alexey Bunkin, Raul Nunes, Serguei Pershin, and Konstantin Voliak  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 3, pp. 401-406 (2002)

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A compact helicopter-based lidar system is developed and tested under laboratory and field conditions. It is shown that the lidar can measure concentrations of chlorophyll a and dissolved organic matter at the surface of water bodies, detect fluorescence spectra of ground vegetation at a distance of up to 530 m, and determine the vertical profile of light-scattering particle concentration in the upper ocean. The possibilities of the lidar system are demonstrated by detection of polluted areas at the ocean surface, by online monitoring of three-dimensional distribution of light-scattering layers, and by recognition of plant types and physiological states.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water

Original Manuscript: September 8, 2000
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2001
Published: January 20, 2002

Kwi Joo Lee, Youngsik Park, Alexey Bunkin, Raul Nunes, Serguei Pershin, and Konstantin Voliak, "Helicopter-based lidar system for monitoring the upper ocean and terrain surface," Appl. Opt. 41, 401-406 (2002)

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