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Task 7 Lidar Validation

MiLi Task 7 Lidar Validation Details
7.1Planning for lidar verification and characterizationDocumented plan for laboratory testing and field measurements.York UINTA
7.2Laboratory preparationEnsure that existing laboratory infrastructure and lidar systems are operating and installed for intercomparison. Define any specific hardware and software needed for the validation.York UINTA
7.3Organization of field measurement campaignsArrange the location and logistical support required for field measurements. York UINTA
7.4Detection and data acquisition testingVerification that the detector and data acquisition electronics provide sufficient signal to noise ratio at the transmitted wavelengths. Characterization of the linear dynamic range and determination the optimal discriminator settings.York U
7.5Optical alignment testingDetermine the height profile of the fractional overlap between the transmitted laser pulses and the receiver field of view.York U
7.6Whole system verificationField measurements for comparison with the prototype LIDAR from the Phoenix Mars mission. Measurements will target the two main components of the Martian atmosphere that will be detected with the lidar: thin ice clouds and airborne desert dust.York UINTA, POLIMI, CSIC
7.7Development of lidar data analysis, visualization methodology and softwareA software package will be developed for the analysis of the measurements provide by the new lidar system. The software must be used in the laboratory measurements and field campaigns, with a pseudo-real-time response to be able to validate in-situ measurements with the reference LIDAR. Extra post processing shall be also available within this tool, to obtain fine grain atmospheric information.York U
7.8Report on lidar Validation and characterizationA report will provide a description of the methods, measurements and results of the verification and characterization activity.York U