Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4593–4616, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4593–4616, 2021

Research article 21 Jun 2021

Research article | 21 Jun 2021

MicroPulse DIAL (MPD) – a diode-laser-based lidar architecture for quantitative atmospheric profiling

Scott M. Spuler et al.

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Continuous water vapor and temperature profiles are critically needed for improved understanding of the lower atmosphere and potential advances in weather forecasting skill. To address this observation need, an active remote sensing technology based on a diode-laser-based lidar architecture is being developed. We discuss the details of the lidar architecture and analyze how it addresses a national-scale profiling network's need to provide continuous thermodynamic observations.