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Determination of smoke plume and layer heights using scanning lidar dataAuthor(s): Vladimir A. Kovalev; Alexander Petkov; Cyle Wold; Shawn Urbanski; Wei Min Hao
Source: Applied Optics. 48(28): 5287-5294.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe methodology of using mobile scanning lidar data for investigation of smoke plume rise and high-resolution smoke dispersion is considered. The methodology is based on the lidar-signal transformation proposed recently [Appl. Opt. 48, 2559 (2009)]. In this study, similar methodology is used to create the atmospheric heterogeneity height indicator (HHI), which shows all heights at which the smoke plume heterogeneity was detected by a scanning lidar. The methodology is simple and robust. Subtraction of the initial lidar signal offset from the measured lidar signal is not required. HHI examples derived from lidar scans obtained with the U.S. Forest Service, Fire Sciences Laboratory mobile lidar in areas polluted by wildfires are presented, and the basic details of the methodology are discussed.
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CitationKovalev, Vladimir A.; Petkov, Alexander; Wold, Cyle; Urbanski, Shawn; Hao, Wei Min. 2009. Determination of smoke plume and layer heights using scanning lidar data. Applied Optics. 48(28): 5287-5294.
Keywordssmoke plume, lidar data, atmospheric heterogeneity height indicator (HHI)
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