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Details on this mission type
Full name Lidar observation (for wind, for cloud/aerosol, for trace gases, for altimetry)
Definition This type of mission designates lidars with different characteristics depending on the type of variable to be measured: wind, cloud, aerosol, water vapour, trace gases, altimetry.
Relevant instruments and their contribution

The sorting column describes how the instruments, by design, have the potential to contribute to certain pre-determined capabilities, assuming nominal operation of space and ground segments. For this particular capability, instrument performance is considered to be driven by:

  • mission objective (wind, cloud/aerosol, altimetry, trace gases);
  • multi-beam for a somewhat large swath, or nadir-pointing only.

 Sorting criteria and colour code:

  1. Backscatter lidar, multi-beam OR nadir-pointing.
  2. Doppler lidar, side-looking.
  3. Lidar altimeter, multi-beam.
  4. Lidar altimeter, nadir-pointing.
  5. Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL), nadir-pointing.