Abstract

A mobile optical remote sensing system for environmental monitoring is described. The system, housed in a full-size truck with a laboratory floor surface of 6.0 × 2.3 m2, is mainly intended for differential absorption lidar (DIAL) applications but can also be used for laser-induced fluorescence monitoring and for absorption measurements using classical light sources. The system has a 40-cm diam receiving telescope and a fully steerable flat mirror in a transmitting/receiving dome. A Nd:YAG-pumped dye laser with auxiliary nonlinear frequency conversion is the preferred transmitter in DIAL measurements. Measurement examples for atmospheric SO2 and NO2 monitoring with automatic concentration map drawings are given and further uses are discussed.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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