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NOAA – CREST Atmospheric Lidar Network

aerosolAs reported in a SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) eNewsletter a coordinated lidar network in the northeastern United States explored the optical properties of transported plumes from fires and dust and diagnosed chemical transport model concentration biases.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Lidar Network (NOAA-CREST Lidar Network or CLN) has been operating to observe aerosol vertical distribution in the eastern United States for more than eight years.

The first use of light detection and ranging was in the 1930’s when flash lights were uses to measure the concentration of aerosol particles in the atmosphere.

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