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31st ILRC Lidar Tutorials

Time/Date: 08:30 to 17:00 on Sunday, June 23, 2024.
Venue: Lecture hall to accommodate approximately 100 students.

No bookings are possible any more. The 31st ILRC Lidar Tutorial is fully booked.

Synopsis: The ILRC Lidar Tutorials are aimed at researchers who are new to lidar or are early in their lidar careers. The tutorials attempt to cover most of lidar technology and applications at a basic level, starting with the simplest elastic backscatter lidar and emphasizing the challenges of developing lidar instruments. The basics of atmospheric optics are summarized, and the governing equations for the lidar signal and the sky background signal are discussed. Finally, most of the more sophisticated lidar techniques are presented. The tutorials are intended to facilitate the participants’ comprehension and appreciation of the talks and posters that will be presented during the ILRC, by giving them a basic introduction to lidar technology, techniques, and applications.  

The Lidar Tutorials follow the format used in European Summer Schools, which is to present the theoretical background in the morning
and practical applications of the theory in the afternoon.






8:30 – 9:00

Welcome and opening remarks

Fred Moshary, CCNY

ICLAS Chair,

Andreas Fix, DLR

ILRC 31 Chair

9:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00

1.    Introduction


2.    Atmospheric optics


3.    Lidar models & SNR


4.    Lidar transmitters, receivers, & data systems

Gary Gimmestad

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Principal Research Scientist





12:00 – 13:00


Lunch Break


13:00 – 14:00


The CALIOP lidar

Brian Getzewich

NASA Langley Research Center



14:00 – 15:00


The Polly Raman lidars

Albert Ansmann

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)


15:00 – 16:00


The MicroPulse DIAL Thermodynamic Network

Scott Spuler

National Science Foundation - National Center for Atmosphere Research (NSF-NCAR)

16:00 – 17:00


MERLIN an integrated-path differential-absorption (IPDA) lidar in space experiment for the measurement of the greenhouse gas methane   

Gerhard Ehret, Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre,Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)




Please note:

  • The participation at the ILRC/ CLRC 2024 pre-conference Lidar Tutorial on Sunday, 23 June 2024 is possible only
    for the participants of the ILRC / CLRC 2024 conference (June 23-28, 2024.)
  • The Lidar Tutorial is planned for 08:30-17:00 o’clock.
  • Due limited space and for better planning we will need to know if you would like to participate in the LIDAR Tutorial on Sunday.
    The participation in the LIDAR Tutorial is limited to 100 participants and all registrations for it are on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Participants, who want to attend the LIDAR Tutorial, are requested to indicate this during the registration process.
  • There are no extra costs for the participation at the LIDAR Tutorial on 23 June 2024.