Fluorescence Lidar from satellite: Concept and applications

Year: 2012

Authors: Cecchi G., Lognoli D., Palombi L., Pirri A., Raimondi V., Vannini M., Toci G., Gambicorti L., D\’Amato F., Marchi A.Z., Cosentino A., Sapia A., Labate D.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto di Fisica Applicata \’Nello Carrara\’ – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy; Istituto Nazionale di Ottica – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, INO-CNR, L.go E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze (FI), Italy; Selex Galileo, Via dei Castelli Romani 2, 00040 Pomezia (RM), Italy; Selex Galileo, Via A. Einstein 35, 50013 Campi Bisenzio (FI), Italy

Abstract: We present a feasibility study for a satellite borne fluorescence Lidar. The instrument is based on technologies which are either already available, or in an advanced state of development. In particular, the laser transmitter is derived from the experience acquired in the development of the laser transmitter for the ADM-Aeolus ESA mission; the collection optics is based on recent studies on large aperture deployable mirrors (ESA projects ALC, Advanced Lidar Concept, and LATT, Large Aperture Telescope Technology). Several applications for Earth observation are presented and discussed, in particular related to vegetation fluorescence monitoring and oil pollution on the ocean surface, including polar caps. ©2012 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

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More Information: The activity here described has been carried out within the framework of the CTOTUS (Progetto integrato per lo sviluppo della Capacità Tecnologica e Operativa della Toscana per l’Utilizzo dello Spazio – Project for the development of Tuscany’s Operational and Technological Capabilities for exploiting Space ) co-funded by local government of the Tuscan Region within the framework of the Regional Operative Program, target \”Regional Competitiveness and Employment\” (POR-CReO), that was co-funded by the European Fund for Regional Development 2007-2013. – BlackBridge
KeyWords: Earth observations; Feasibility studies; Fluorescence lidar; Large aperture; Large aperture telescopes; Laser transmitters; Ocean surfaces; Oil pollution, Fluorescence; Optical radar; Transmitters, Laser mirrors