Vol. 7, issue 07, article # 15

pdf Kokhanenko G. P., Matvienko G. G., Shamanaev V. S., Grachev Yu. N., Znamenskii I. V. Sensing of cloudiness with an orbital laser rangefinder. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1994. V. 7. No. 07. P. 517-521.
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The capabilities of orbital lidars to sense cloudiness are analysed by the example of interpretation of the signals obtained with geodetic laser rangefinders. A method is described of reconstructing the optical characteristics of cloudiness from the measured duration of signal returns at predetermined levels. The probabilities of occurrence of various magnitudes of extinction coefficient and lidar ratio obtained by us are compared with the published data. Results of analysis of cloud returns of the rangefinder confirm the capability of space-based lidars to yield reliable information and allow us to provide a basis for guiding their development.