Design and performance of a multiwavelength airborne polarimetric lidar for vegetation remote sensing

Songxin Tan, Ram Mohan Narayanan

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Abstract

The University of Nebraska has developed a multiwavelength airborne polarimetric lidar (MAPL) system to support its Airborne Remote Sensing program for vegetation remote sensing. The MAPL design and instrumentation are described in detail. Characteristics of the MAPL system include lidar waveform capture and polarimetric measurement capabilities, which provide enhanced opportunities for vegetation remote sensing compared with current sensors. Field tests were conducted to calibrate the range measurement. Polarimetric calibration of the system is also discussed. Backscattered polarimetric returns, as well as the cross-polarization ratios, were obtained from a small forested area to validate the system's ability for vegetation canopy detection. The system has been packaged to fly abroad a Piper Saratoga aircraft for airborne vegetation remote sensing applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2360-2368
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Optics
Volume43
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 10 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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