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Patricia Daukantas

Using scanning lidar data to analyze wildfire smoke plumes.


Scatterings imageShawn Urbansky, principal investigator of the smoke plume experiment, with the mobile lidar instrumentation on a U.S. Forest Service truck.

As wildfires have increased in the western United States, it has become important to track the fine particulate and ozone pollution that irritate human lungs and degrade atmospheric visibility. U.S. Forest Service researchers are developing ways to analyze scanning lidar data to determine the height and dispersion of smoke plumes from these blazes (Appl. Opt. 48, 5287).

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