"Information on recent progress in laser remote sensor (LIDAR) technology can be found scattered throughout numerous journal articles and conference proceedings, but until now there has been no work that summarizes recent advancements and achievements in the field in a detailed format.
Laser Remote Sensing provides an up-to-date, comprehensive review on LIDAR, focusing mainly on applications to current topics in atmospheric science. The scope of the book includes laser remote sensing of the atmosphere, including measurement of aerosols, water vapor, clouds, winds, trace constituents, and temperature. It also covers other interesting applications such as vegetation monitoring and altimetry. LIDAR systems described in this volume include ground-based (fixed or mobile), airborne, and spaceborne (satellite-based) systems. The book emphasizes instrumentation and measurement techniques to enable the reader to understand what kind of a LIDAR system is necessary for a certain application.
Introduction. Femtosecond white light LIDAR. Elastic LIDAR measurement of the troposphere. Trace gas species detection in the lower atmosphere by LIDAR. Resonance fluorescence LIDAR for measurements of the middle and upper atmosphere. Fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging of LIDAR targets. Wind LIDAR. Airborne LIDAR systems. Space-based LIDAR.