Multicolor laser altimeter for barometric measurements over the ocean: Theoretical

Chester S. Gardner, B. M. Tsai, K. E. Im

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Abstract

The optical path length from a satellite to the earth’s surface is strongly dependent on the atmospheric pres­sure along the propagation path. Surface pressure can be measured by using a two-color laser altimeter to observe the change with wavelength in the optical path length from a satellite to the ocean surface. The sta­tistical characteristics of the ocean-reflected pulses and the expected measurement accuracy are evaluated in terms of the altimeter parameters. The results indicate that a pressure accuracy of a few millibars is fea­sible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2571-2577
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Volume22
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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