THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - Lidar -
Full Name Lidar Status Proposed
Instrument Agencies NASA Maturity Medium Heritage
Instrument Type Lidars Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Atmospheric lidar Sampling Sounding
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Measurement of aerosol heights, cloud top heights and aerosol properties.
Resolution Summary Vertical sampling: 30 - 60 m, -2 to 40 km
Swath Summary 333 m along-track
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary 532 nm (polarization-sensitive), 1064 nm, 355 nm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (column/profile) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud top height 
Instrument Missions
ACE - Aerosol Clouds and Ecosystem Mission (2022 - 2023)
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