Tracking aerosol plumes - Lidar, modeling, and in situ measurement

Ronald Calhoun, R. Heap, J. Sommer, M. Princevac, J. Peccia, H. Fernando

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The authors report on recent progress of on-going research at Arizona State University for tracking aerosol plumes using remote sensing and modeling approaches. ASU participated in a large field experiment, Joint Urban 2003, focused on urban and suburban flows and dispersion phenomena which took place in Oklahoma City during summer 2003. A variety of instruments were deployed, including two Doppler-lidars. ASU deployed one lidar and the Army Research deployed the other. Close communication and collaboration has produced datasets which will be available for dual Doppler analysis. The lidars were situated in a way to provide insight into dynamical flow structures caused by the urban core. Complementary scanning by the two lidars during the July 4 firework display in Oklahoma City demonstrated that smoke plumes could be tracked through the atmosphere above the urban area. Horizontal advection and dispersion of the smoke plumes were tracked on two horizontal planes by the ASU lidar and in two vertical planes with a similar lidar operated by the Army Research Laboratory. A number of plume dispersion modeling systems are being used at ASU for the modeling of plumes in catastrophic release scenarios. Progress using feature tracking techniques and data fusion approaches is presented for utilizing single and dual radial velocity fields from coherent Doppler lidar to improve dispersion modeling. The possibility of producing sensor/computational tools for civil and military defense applications appears worth further investigation. An experiment attempting to characterize bioaerosol plumes (using both lidar and in situ biological measurements) associated with the application of biosolids on agricultural fields is in progress at the time of writing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsE.M. Carapezza
Number of pages12
EditionPART 2
StatePublished - 2004
EventSensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C31) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense III - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 12 2004Apr 16 2004


OtherSensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C31) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Aerosol plumes
  • Coherent Doppler
  • Dispersion models
  • Lidar
  • Tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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