Lidar

Light Detection and Ranging instrument, a Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment facility

Student looking out the window in the O&M observatory

The Sigma Space Mini Micropulse LiDAR (MPL) is operated by the Texas A&M University Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and Environment (CACE), and is located on the roof of the Eller Oceanography and Meteorology Building. The MPL is a highly efficient Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) system that does atmospheric monitoring of aerosols, gases, pollutants, cloud vertical structure, and boundary layer heights. It is an ultra portable LiDAR scanning system that operates unattended 24/7/365, and can also be deployed in a mobile setting. The real-time atmospheric mapping data from the MPL, empowers scientists, academia, meteorologists, and air quality professionals with an understanding of the small particles in our atmosphere that make a big impact on our environment and health. The MPL uses eye safe lasers, precision photon counting electronics, and built-in data analysis to deliver a rich source of atmospheric feature information for uncovering changes in our environment.

Below is real-time output from the LiDAR, which can be accessed through CACE by contacting Sarah Brooks.

 

Real-time data from the lidar on the roof of the O&M building.