History

The first major deployment of the ASU lidar was the Joint Urban (JU2003) experiment conducted in Oklahoma City during June 28-July 31, 2003, for which funding was provided through two U.S. grants (Heap et al. 2005).  A lidar-data analysis award for the JU2003 data is ongoing.  An NSF funded data assimilation study using the JU2003 lidar data just concluded at the end of 2008.  The JU2003 lidar data has led to 6 archival journal publications to-date.  In November and December of 2004, the ASU lidar was deployed in southwest Phoenix for a Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) project entitled studying airborne biological contaminants associated with land applied biosolids.   In spring of 2006, the U.S. National Science Foundation funded the ASU lidar team to deploy their remote and in situ instruments in the Terrain-induced Rotors Experiment (T-REX).   For the latter, there is an ongoing three year data-analysis study.  In addition, the stable boundary layer is being studied currently with an Army Research Office grant utilizing lidar data from the T-REX.  During the summer of 2006, the ASU lidar team deployed their coherent Doppler lidar in Western Australia (near Perth) with funding from the Western Australian Department of the Environment (“Meteorological Mechanisms and Pathways of Pollution Exposure:  Coherent Doppler Lidar Deployment in Wagerup”).  Projects in Arizona state are also ongoing, for example, with a group of environmental regulatory agencies, including the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), to monitor fugitive dust in urban areas.

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