[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 2, No. 3 (1995) 221-224]

Spaceborne Laser Rangefinder gLORAh Used as a Cloud Lidar

Christian WERNER,1 Grigorii KOKHANENKO,2 Gennadii MATVIENKO,2 Vitalii SHAMANAEV,2 Yurii GRACHJOV,2 Igor ZNAMENSKII2 and Ulrich G. OPPEL3

1German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR), Institute of Optoelectronics, P.O. Box 1116, D-82230 WeüEčling, Germany, 2Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Tomsk, Russia, 1, Akademicheskii Av., Tomsk 634055, Russia, 3Institute of Mathematics, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Theresienstr. 39, 80333 Munich, Germany

(Received September 17, 1994; Accepted May 9, 1995)

First, in this report an overview is given on the use of the Russian laser altimeter in space gLORAh as a lidar for cloud measurements. Secondly, the influence of multiple scattering is verified by analysis of the backscatter signals from clouds having the excellent range resolution of a rangefinder.

Key words : spaceborne laser ranging, laser rangefinder, cloud lidar, multiple scattering

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