Cloud top remote sensing by airborne lidar.

  title={Cloud top remote sensing by airborne lidar.},
  author={J D Spinhirne and Martin Hansen and L O Caudill},
  journal={Applied optics},
  volume={21 9},
Observations of cloud top height, backscattering, and signal depolarization have been obtained by a lidar system operating onboard a high-altitude research aircraft. The transmitter for the cloud lidar system is a doubled Nd:YAG laser operating at 5 Hz. The system functions as a fully automated sensor under microprocessor control and operates from a nominal 19-km altitude. Measurements have been acquired over a wide variety of cloud cover in conjunction with passive visible and infrared… CONTINUE READING