Gain a comprehensive understanding of atmospheric LIDAR systems and learn to avoid common problems and pitfalls. Learn the basic engineering trade-offs in the transmitter, receiver and data acquisition subsystems. Analyze LIDARs for several applications and calculate signal-to-noise ratios for typical measurements. Understand how LIDAR techniques are used to characterize a wide range of atmospheric constituents and parameters.
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Basic understanding of optics and electronics
Who Should Attend
Engineers and scientists involved in standoff detection and ranging of atmospheric constituents and parameters, such as aerosols, clouds, gasses and winds, engineers and scientists involved in the design and development of LIDAR systems or in analysis of data acquired by LIDAR systems, engineers and managers who need to understand the unique capabilities of LIDAR for atmospheric characterization in both civilian and military applications
How You Will Benefit
Describe how LIDAR techniques are used to characterize several atmospheric parameters.
Identify the best types of LIDARs for specific applications.
Perform trade-offs among the engineering parameters of a LIDAR system.
Calculate signal-to-noise ratios for various atmospheric measurements based on LIDAR system parameters and atmospheric optics.
Operate LIDAR systems and acquire remote sensing data.
Identify and understand common problems in LIDAR systems and data.
Evaluate the performance of LIDAR systems.
LIDAR and sky background equations
Laser transmitter subsystem
Receiver and detector subsystem
Data acquisition subsystem
Data analysis and data products
LIDAR SNR analysis examples
Hard copy of the course slides
CD-ROM with spreadsheet implementation of the LIDAR equation
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