BackForwardInstrument:  CO2 lidar 

Instrument details
Acronym CO2 lidar
Full name Carbon dioxide lidar
Purpose Monitoring CO2 with unprecedented accuracy by exploiting lidar
Short description Wavelength 1.572 μm for CO2. Option for O2 at 1260 or 765 nm also considered
Background New development
Scanning Technique Nadir viewing, continuous night and day
Resolution 125 m
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage in two weeks for cells of 70 km
Mass 420 kg Power 920 W Data Rate 1.9 Mbps


Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Speculative
Utilization Period: TBD
Last update: 2021-06-15
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Active and radio-occultation sensor
  • Lidar (Doppler lidar, backscatter lidar, lidar Dial, lidar altimeter)
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 2
  • Lidar (single wavelength) (in addition to radar missions mentioned in Component 1)
  • Lidar (Altimeter - for surface)
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • CO2 mole fraction
Evaluation of Measurements

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
CO2 mole fraction*1 - primaryCloud sensitive.. Along-track only.DIAL, specifically designed for CO2 observation