An analysis of the potential capabilities of a spectrally diversified DIAL technique for monitoring atmospheric species is presented assuming operation from an earth-orbiting platform. Emphasis is given to the measurement accuracies and spatial and temporal resolutions required to meet present atmospheric science objectives. The discussion points out advantages of spectral diversity to perform comprehensive studies of the atmosphere; in general it is shown that IR systems have an advantage in lower atmospheric measurements, while UV systems are superior for middle and upper atmospheric measurements.
© 1980 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 17, 1979
Published: April 1, 1980
G. Megie and R. T. Menzies, "Complementarity of UV and IR differential absorption lidar for global measurements of atmospheric species," Appl. Opt. 19, 1173-1183 (1980)