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Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

2016 year, number 9

Monte Carlo simulation of the effects caused by multiple scattering of ground-based and spaceborne lidar pulses in clouds

S.M. Prigarin
Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the RAS, 6, Ac. Lavrentieva ave., 630090, Novosibirsk, Russia
Keywords: дистанционное зондирование, наземные и космические лидары, облачность, многократное рассеяние света, метод Монте-Карло, remote sensing, ground-based and spaceborne lidars, clouds, light multiple scattering, Monte Carlo simulation


This paper deals with studying specific features of the laser pulse propagation and lidar return signals in remote sensing of clouds by ground-based and spaceborne lidars using Monte Carlo simulation. In particular, the paper describes the effect of "return signal sharpening" that makes a distant cloud boundary more visible. Moreover, the paper presents the results of stochastic simulation of the expanding solid torus of light that can be generated by a laser pulse in a cloud layer. A brief description of the software created by the author to simulate the lidar return signals is enclosed.