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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 22, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 1983
  • pp: 2571–2577

Multicolor laser altimeter for barometric measurements over the ocean: theoretical

Chester S. Gardner, B. M. Tsai, and K. E. Im  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 22, Issue 17, pp. 2571-2577 (1983)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.22.002571


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Abstract

The optical path length from a satellite to the earth's surface is strongly dependent on the atmospheric pressure along the propagation path. Surface pressure can be measured by using a two-color laser altimeter to observe the change with wavelength in the optical path length from a satellite to the ocean surface. The statistical characteristics of the ocean-reflected pulses and the expected measurement accuracy are evaluated in terms of the altimeter parameters. The results indicate that a pressure accuracy of a few millibars is feasible.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: March 12, 1983
Published: September 1, 1983

Citation
Chester S. Gardner, B. M. Tsai, and K. E. Im, "Multicolor laser altimeter for barometric measurements over the ocean: theoretical," Appl. Opt. 22, 2571-2577 (1983)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-22-17-2571

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