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European Facility For Airborne Research May 29, 2022, 10:26

Instrument: Leosphere ALS 450 aerosol lidar

Name Leosphere ALS 450 aerosol lidar
Acronym EZ Lidar
Manufacturer Leosphere
Manufacturer website
Operated by METOFFICE
Operated onboard

Instrument type

Name Aerosol LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging)
Acronym Aerosol LIDAR

Principle of operation

Measured parameter Aerosol backscatter coefficient
Operating principle

Laser pulses are transmitted, the backscattered radiation is collected in a telescope and measured by appropriate detectors. The ranging is done by measuring the pulse travel time. The backscattered signal contains information on the microphysical particle properties (aerosol Lidar).

Measurement(s) Active Remote Sensing

Dimension and weight

External dimension
Weight 0.0


Operating mode Remote sensing






Operational restriction

Requires operator

Nadir-viewing only

Operational requirements

Minimum operating ambient temperature -8C

Full beam overlap at ~300m range

Certification approvals

Certified for operation on the FAAM aircraft

Additional information

Access, host and processing


Optional instrument fit on the FAAM aircraft

Could also fit on any aircraft having the following characteristics

General description

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