NAVAL APPLICATIONS OF METEOROLOGICAL LIDAR
Final rept. 15 Feb 1964-25 Feb 1965
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA NAVAL WARFARE RESEARCH CENTER
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This is the final report of a study of naval applications of meteorological lidar. The report describes the characteristics and capabilities of meteorological lidar. As an atmospheric probe and a form of rangefinder, meteorological lidar has many possible applications in naval operations. It can be used for detecting and measuring clouds determining visibility observing dust, smoke, haze, and even the invisible to the eye particulate matter in clear air measuring wind and, possibly, determining the properties of the gaseous atmosphere by spectroscopy. The report describes actual accomplishments in certain of these roles, based on the SRI experimental meteorological lidar program. Identification is made of the role of meteorological lidar in the observation of meteorological phenomena, both for the aerologist and for direct application in various naval operations. Further potential and possible operational applications of meteorological lidar are discussed.
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