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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-1073-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-1073-2015
Research article
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04 Mar 2015
Research article |  | 04 Mar 2015

Field-deployable diode-laser-based differential absorption lidar (DIAL) for profiling water vapor

S. M. Spuler, K. S. Repasky, B. Morley, D. Moen, M. Hayman, and A. R. Nehrir

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A water vapor lidar has been designed and tested which has the potential to enable a national-scale network. The system is low-maintenance, low-cost, eye-safe, and provides continuous profiles of water vapor with complete coverage, including periods of daytime bright clouds, from 300m above ground level to 4km with 150m nominal vertical resolution and 1 min temporal resolution. The sensor may be useful in improving our understanding of the distribution of atmospheric water vapor.