NOAA tests laser as environmental sensor


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Using a unique and versatile remote-sensing system, scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have begun probing clouds, mountain waves and winds, urban air pollution, and a host of weather systems with powerful beams of laser light.

Developed by the Wave Propagation Laboratory (one of NOAA's Environmental Research Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado), the new system is a product of a continuing program in atmospheric spectroscopy. The system had its first field trial during November 1973 in the Denver Brown Cloud study, conducted under the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency.