Abstract

A backscatter Nd:YAG laser radar, the first of this type in India to our knowledge, was developed at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad (23° N, 72.5° E), for middle atmospheric studies. The system has been operational since April 1992. The system details and sample results on the Mt. Pinatubo volcanic aerosol layer and its decay as observed over this tropical site are presented and discussed. The future augmentation of the system and planned activities are also outlined.

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