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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1998
  • pp: 4979–4990

Turn-key Raman lidar for profiling atmospheric water vapor, clouds, and aerosols

J. E. M. Goldsmith, Forest H. Blair, Scott E. Bisson, and David D. Turner  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 21, pp. 4979-4990 (1998)

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We describe an operational, self-contained, fully autonomous Raman lidar system that has been developed for unattended, around-the-clock atmospheric profiling of water vapor, aerosols, and clouds. During a 1996 three-week intensive observational period, the system operated during all periods of good weather (339 out of 504 h), including one continuous five-day period. The system is based on a dual-field-of-view design that provides excellent daytime capability without sacrificing nighttime performance. It is fully computer automated and runs unattended following a simple, brief (∼5-min) start-up period. We discuss the theory and design of the system and present detailed analyses of the derivation of water-vapor profiles from the lidar measurements.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

Original Manuscript: December 1, 1997
Revised Manuscript: March 18, 1998
Published: July 20, 1998

J. E. M. Goldsmith, Forest H. Blair, Scott E. Bisson, and David D. Turner, "Turn-key Raman lidar for profiling atmospheric water vapor, clouds, and aerosols," Appl. Opt. 37, 4979-4990 (1998)

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