For Release: July 1, 1998
Catherine E. Watson
Langley Research Center
Goddard Space Flight Center
RELEASE NO. 98-032
NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS
The lidar (LIght Detection and Ranging) technique, which is similar to radar but uses laser light, has had an explosive growth during the last two decades. Lidar system operations are routinely conducted from the ground, air, and ships. A space-borne lidar system was also successfully demonstrated with the flight of the Lidar In-space Technology Experiment aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1994.
The conference is held biennially to discuss a broad spectrum of lidar technologies and their applications. These applications include the measurement of winds, water vapor, ozone, small particles, and clouds in the atmosphere. In addition, lidars are being used to study the Earth's topography and polar ice sheets.
New lidar techniques and technologies, recent lidar observations, and their applications will be featured during the conference. The highlight of the conference will be a review of past, present and future space lidar missions including the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument aboard the Mars Global Surveyor and the Space Readiness Coherent Lidar Experiment for the measurement of winds from space.
The conference is hosted jointly by NASA Langley Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the U.S. Naval Academy. The conference is co-sponsored by a number of national agencies and scientific organizations including, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Optical Society of America, the American Meteorological Society, the University of Maryland-Baltimore and Hampton University. The lidar conference is held under the auspices of the International Committee on Laser Atmospheric Studies of the International Radiation Commission and the Committee on Laser Atmospheric Studies.
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