Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring Using Laser Lidars

  • S. Svanberg
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 54)


Advanced techniques are needed to monitor our threatened environment, to evaluate pollution levels and developmental trends. While tropospheric pollution has obvious manifestations in terms of health problems, water and soil acidification, and forest damage, human-induced stratospheric changes in the ozone layer, as evidenced by the occurrence of “ozone holes” at the polar caps, may have much more far-reaching consequences1−6. Laser spectroscopy provides powerful means for remote sensing of molecules in the atmosphere, yielding information on pollution levels as well as meteorological conditions. There are two major kinds of laser methods applicable in remote sensing7–15:
  1. 1)

    Long path absorption monitoring; and,

  2. 2)

    Lidar (Light detection and ranging), with subdivisions:

  • Fluorescence lidar

  • Raman scattering lidar

  • Mie scattering lidar

  • Differential absorption lidar (DIAL).


Lidar System Swedish Natural Science Research Council Differential Absorption Lidar Fluorescence Lidar Tropospheric Pollution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Svanberg
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsLund Institute of TechnologyLundSweden

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