Micro Pulse Lidar

Accurate, reliable, and easy to use

Micro Pulse Lidar (MPL) is a sophisticated laser remote sensing system that provides continuous, unattended monitoring of the profiles and optical properties of clouds and aerosols in the atmosphere.

Based on the same principle as radar, MPL transmits laser pulses that scatter (reflect) off particles in the atmosphere. MPL then measures the intensity of backscattered light using photon-counting detectors, and transforms the signal into atmospheric information in real time.

Micro Pulse LiDAR have been manufacturing MPL systems since 2004 under license from NASA*. Standard MPL systems are deployed in the NASA global lidar network (MPLNET) and the U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (DOE ARM) program.

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  • High-resolution aerosol profiling
  • Optically robust, resistant to misalignments
  • Low-maintenance, optimized laser
  • Eye safe (ANSI Class II)
  • Continuous, autonomous data collection
  • Operational in minutes

Who can Benefit from MPL Technology?

  • Meteorologists – to enhance weather and air quality forecasts
  • Atmospheric and environmental researchers and regulators - to improve   
    models and emissions estimates by determining the extent of manmade and natural aerosols and measuring PBL height and trends
  • Airports and air traffic controllers– to optimize aviation safety through enhanced cloud and volcanic ash profiling
  • Wind farm planners – to help improve wind pattern forecasts for site evaluation and management

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