NOAA Twin Otter inflight interior

Photo: R. Marchbanks, NOAA / CIRESResearch Highlight CalNex: Researcher Andy Langford monitors lidar instrumentation aboard the NOAA Twin Otter aircraft.

Atmospheric Remote Sensing

Dr. W. Alan Brewer, Program Lead (acting)
Ronda Knott, Secretary (303) 497-5074

NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division
325 Broadway R/CSD3
Boulder, CO 80305 USA

Focus

The Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group uses land-, ship-, and aircraft-based active and passive optical systems to study processes of importance to air quality, climate, aviation, weather forecasting, wind energy, and marine ecosystems.

Measurements

Our capabilities and interests include both the development and deployment of state-of-the-art lidar and spectroscopic instrumentation, and the interpretation of data obtained with these systems.

Collaborations

We work closely with the Tropospheric Chemistry and Cloud & Aerosol Processes groups within CSD on air quality and climate-related field studies, and with other divisions of NOAA as well as federal and non-federal partners on research activities related to the structure and evolution of atmospheric flow systems and boundary layers.

Oceanographic Lidar
salmon counting

Developing the airborne lidar for fisheries surveys (FLOE).

Wind Energy
wind turbines

Determining the capabilities of the High - Resolution Doppler Lidar (HRDL).

History

The Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group joined what is now CSD in October 2005. The Group was formerly known as the Optical Remote Sensing Division (and before that the Advanced Technique Development Division) of the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL). Our personnel bring more than 30 years of experience developing and applying novel lidar systems for atmospheric research to CSD.

Current Projects

Current Projects

Causes of high wintertime ozone are studied in the Uintah Basin.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

Using lidar profiles to estimate the height of the atmospheric boundary layer.

Measurements

Measurements

Lidar data from major field campaigns.