National Weather Center Colloquium

Lidar and Meteorology – Airborne and Doppler Lidar Studies of Atmospheric Processes at NOAA/ESRL

Dr. Robert Banta
Senior Research Meteorologist
Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA

03 December 2013, 4:00 PM

National Weather Center, Room 1313
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Reception @ 3:30

Lidar – light detection and ranging – systems are relatively recent additions to atmospheric measurement capabilities. The NOAA Boulder laboratories have been conducting atmospheric studies using ground-based Doppler lidar and airborne Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) to investigate atmospheric flows for three decades. This talk will focus on the use of both lidar systems to provide insights into mesoscale flow structure. Analyses of DIAL data have revealed the role of mesoscale dynamics in air pollution episodes, while also showing aspects of the structure of the sea breeze fronts. ESRL’s long-range Doppler lidar has been used to visualize the horizontal and vertical structure of a variety of complex flows, including nocturnal drainage flows with strong spatial and temporal variability. The collected lidar data allowed a comprehensive evaluation of the capability of mesoscale numerical models to capture the observed flows. More recently, solid-state technology has enabled smaller lidars having finer spatial resolution and high precision to be used to study the boundary layer for wind energy applications. A brief overview will highlight the capabilities of these systems.

Speaker bio

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