Atmospheric LIDAR Engineering

Course Description

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.

Course ID: DEF 3005P
Course Format: Classroom

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Dec 11, 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Grand Prairie, Texas $1,495 18679
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Special Discounts

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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.


  • Atmospheric optics
  • LIDAR and sky background equations
  • Laser transmitter subsystem
  • Receiver and detector subsystem
  • Signal-to-noise ratio
  • Data acquisition subsystem
  • Data analysis and data products
  • Hands-on measurements
  • LIDAR SNR analysis examples



  • Hard copy of the course slides
  • CD-ROM with spreadsheet implementation of the LIDAR equation
  • Sky background and signal-to-noise calculations

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Christopher R. Valenta