Lidar (Laser Radar)
Published Online: 15 OCT 2004
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Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
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Argall, P. S. and Sica, R. J. 2004. Lidar (Laser Radar). Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. .
- Published Online: 15 OCT 2004
Lidar is an active remote sensing technique similar in principle to radar, except that it utilizes light rather than radio waves. Lidar finds applications in many areas, including atmospheric and oceanic research, digital mapping, chemical and biological agent detection, speed measurement, and targeting. This chapter describes the principles of lidar and provides examples of the application of lidar in measuring the properties of the Earth's atmosphere.
- atmospheric optics;