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High Spectral Resolution Lidar 2 (HSRL-2)


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The NASA Langley airborne High-Spectral-Resolution Lidar – Generation 2 (HSRL-2) is used to characterize clouds and small particles in the atmosphere, called aerosols. From an airborne platform, the HSRL-2 instrument provides nadir-viewing profiles of aerosol and cloud optical and microphysical properties, which are used studies aerosol impacts on radiation, clouds, and air quality. HSRL-2 also provides measurements of the near-surface ocean, including depth-resolved subsurface backscatter and attenuation. HSRL-2 can also be configured to utilize the differential absorption (DIAL) technique for measuring profiles of ozone concentrations in addition to the above products.

Instrument Type: 
ASIA-AQ (Gulfstream III - LaRC); PACE-PAX (ER-2 - AFRC); CAMP2Ex (P-3 Orion - WFF); ORACLES (ER-2 - AFRC)
Point(s) of Contact: 
Chris Hostetler (Prev PI), Richard Ferrare (Prev PI), Johnathan W. Hair (POC; PI), Anthony Cook (Mgr), David Harper (Mgr), Taylor Shingler (Co-I)