I was a part of the Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER) research internship program during the Summer of 2021. Absolutely loved working for NCAR at Earth Observing Laboratory.
The MicroPulse DIAL or MPD is a low transmit power lidar system capable of retrieving profiles of water vapor (absolute humidity), aerosol and cloud scattering properties (backscatter coefficient) and temperature. MPD collects backscattered photons across a wavelength range. Due to the system characteristics, the received signal can be very noisy. Our goal is to analyze the MPD receiver to minimize the effect of noise on system characterization.
This work has been gratefully funded by the Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL).