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Atmospheric Remote Sensing: Instruments

AbbreviationFull NameDescription

Currently Operational
DABULDepolarization and Backscatter Unattended LidarMonitors and studies the radiative effects of aerosols and thin clouds in the upper troposphere
FLOEFish Lidar, Oceanic, ExperimentalAirborne lidar for fisheries surveys
HRDLHigh Resolution Doppler LidarHigh spatial temporal and velocity resolution wind profiles, Boundary layer turbulence and entrainment zone studies and flux measurements
Mini-MOPA CO2Doppler LidarProvides vertical profiles of wind speed, wind direction, turbulence, aerosol species concentration (DIAL), cloud geometry and microphysical parameters
TOPAZTunable optical profiler for aerosol and ozone lidarCapable of measuring ozone concentration in the lower troposphere from an airborne platform with uncertainties of only a few ppbv at 90-m vertical and 600-m horizontal resolution

Other
ABAELAirborne Aerosol LidarDesigned to detect aerosol layers in the atmosphere from an aircraft (Decommissioned)
ABDIALAirborne Eximer Ozone DIALAirborne mapping of lower tropospheric ozone and aerosol distributions (Decommissioned)
CODICompact Water Vapor DIALAutomated lidar to continuously profile water vapor in lower troposphere
HULAHigh Resolution Ultraviolet Lidar for AerosolUnder development, used to monitor aerosol formation, evolution and transport
OPALOzone Profiling Atmospheric LidarUsed to monitor ozone and aerosol formation, evolution and transport (Decommissioned)
TEA CO2Doppler LidarMeasured particle backscatter and radial velocity (Decommissioned)