Combined Atmospheric and Ocean Profiling from an Airborne High Spectral Resolution Lidar
1 NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton VA 23681, USA,
2 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331, USA
3 Science Systems and Applications Inc., Hampton, VA 23666, USA
4 WET Labs, Inc., Narragansett, RI 02882
5 Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
6 University of Maine, Walpole, ME 04573
7 Analytical Mechanics Associates, Hampton, VA 23666
+ currently NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/USRA, Greenbelt, MD 20771
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Published online: 7 June 2016
First of its kind combined atmospheric and ocean profile data were collected by the recently upgraded NASA Langley Research Center’s (LaRC) High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL-1) during the 17 July – 7 August 2014 Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research Experiment (SABOR). This mission sampled over a region that covered the Gulf of Maine, open-ocean near Bermuda, and coastal waters from Virginia to Rhode Island. The HSRL-1 and the Research Scanning Polarimeter from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies collected data onboard the NASA LaRC King Air aircraft and flight operations were closely coordinated with the Research Vessel Endeavor that made in situ ocean optical measurements. The lidar measurements provided profiles of atmospheric backscatter and particulate depolarization at 532nm, 1064nm, and extinction (532nm) from approximately 9km altitude. In addition, for the first time HSRL seawater backscatter, depolarization, and diffuse attenuation data at 532nm were collected and compared to both the ship measurements and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (NASA MODIS-Aqua) satellite ocean retrievals.
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