Atmospheric transport models benefit from real-time localized data inputs.
ELEVATING ATMOSPHERIC MONITORING
About Micro Pulse LiDAR (MPL)
Micro Pulse LiDAR, part of Hexagon, develops innovative solutions that deliver a rich source of atmospheric feature information. Scientists, researchers, meteorologists and other professionals who monitor and analyze clouds, air quality and safety, rely on Micro Pulse LiDAR instruments and services to better understand the structure of our atmosphere and uncover small changes that can have a big impact on our environment and our health.
Our products and accessories offer powerful, sophisticated, yet compact and affordable, laser remote sensing systems, which provide continuous, unattended monitoring of the profiles and optical properties of clouds and aerosols in the atmosphere. Learn more about our two main product offerings.
- Aerosols and clouds up to 25km
- Weighs only 28kg
- Best SNR in class
- NASA MPLNET ready
- < 250 W needed
- Aerosols and clouds up to 15km
- Weighs only 12kg
- Best SNR in class
- Available in multiple wavelengths
- Ultra-stable, rigid optics
- < 100 W needed
- Wind measurement data from 30 – 200 meters
- Consistent performance across simple and complex terrain
- Less affected by rain
- Low cost
- Can be sited within 10m of a 100m met mast or other obstacle
Some of the hundreds of locations where you’ll find Micro Pulse LiDAR instruments at work …
A rooftop at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center … a Himalayan base camp … the sky over the Sierra Nevadas … the deck of an icebreaker in the fleet of the Korean Polar Research Institute … the Port of Newcastle, Australia … Bariloche Airport in Argentina.
MPL is an optimal instrument for supporting a broad range of demanding applications:
- Cloud layer mapping
- Disaster response (monitoring of dangerous atmospheric pollutants from industrial facilities)
- Planetary boundary layer (PBL) measurements and studies
- Weather modification operations
Wildfire monitoring and prediction
- Urban air quality monitoring and prediction
- Volcanic ash plume monitoring
FROM THE BLOG
Dust monitoring solution and wind measurement profiler complement each other to yield valuable air quality data.
A Micro Pulse LiDAR (MPL) system at South Florida’s Cloud-Aerosol-Rain Observatory (CAROb) collected data to further research on the effects of low clouds and dust on the climate.
Robert Rissland, Director, Int’l Sales for Micro Pulse LiDAR, part of Hexagon, explains the advantages of the polarized, single-photon detecting Mini Micro Pulse Lidar (MiniMPL) over Doppler Wind Lidar systems.
Researchers in the Australian Antarctic Science project collected aerosol data above the Southern Ocean to improve their understanding of the connection between clouds and climate change.
Micro Pulse LiDAR (MPL) is being used to study the vertical extent and movement of aerosols in the atmosphere caused by traditional biomass burning (BB) in southern Africa.