Accession Number : AD0649700

Title :   LASER RADAR RETURNS FROM THE LOWER TROPOSPHERE COMPARED WITH VERTICAL OZONE DISTRIBUTIONS.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE POINT MUGU CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Karney,J. L. ; Lea,D. A. ; Knudsen,C. A.

Report Date : 27 MAR 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Development of operational meteorological applications for laser radars has generally been handicapped by a lack of direct measurements of atmospheric conditions associated with back-scattering of laser pulses. In an attempt to provide an adequate description of the ambient atmospheric structure, operation of a Q-switched ruby laser has been coordinated with simultaneous and near-simultaneous observations from a variety of standard as well as nonconventional meteorological data systems. Significant similarities appear between aerosol-backscattered laser returns from the lower troposphere and vertical ozone profiles obtained by balloon-borne chemiluminescent ozonesondes. The ozone profiles aid interpretation of the laser returns and permit improved delineation of atmospheric strata, especially in smoggy air advected from the nearby Los Angeles Basin. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*METEOROLOGICAL RADAR, *LASERS), METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS, CHEMILUMINESCENCE, RUBY, OZONE, ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING, METEOROLOGY, TROPOSPHERE, AIR POLLUTION

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE