12 January 2005 Application of pulsed Doppler lidar in the airport terminal area
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Pulsed coherent Doppler lidar systems have matured rapidly, especially at solid-state wavelengths. Turnkey systems are commercially available and are being deployed for various aviation applications. Doppler lidar data is used in the airport terminal area to map hazardous wind shear and turbulence levels and to detect and track wake vortices. Future applications could include slant path visibility monitoring. Several permanent installations and rapidly deployable instrument configurations have been achieved. The benefit of the infrared Doppler lidar relative to its microwave counterparts is the ability to sense clear air hazards, especially those in and around local terrain features. The fact that the lidar beam is quite narrow eliminates artifacts associated with sidelobe-induced ground clutter. This paper summarizes our autonomous pulsed lidar developments and reviews sample results.
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Stephen M. Hannon, Stephen M. Hannon, Keith S. Barr, Keith S. Barr, Donald K. Jacob, Donald K. Jacob, Mark W. Phillips, Mark W. Phillips, "Application of pulsed Doppler lidar in the airport terminal area", Proc. SPIE 5653, Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environmental Monitoring V, (12 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.579037; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.579037
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