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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight Center



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Wind profile information is one of the main meteorological variables that are crucial to accurate forecasting of weather. Yet, remote measurements of wind from satellite platforms have not been realized despite its importance. A substantial effort is currently underway to realize remote sensing of 3D wind profiling from space. One technique that has received a focused and intensive study is lidar-based Doppler wind profiling. Despite the importance of lidar profiling of winds, there exists very small data base of measurements from which to evaluate performance of future space instruments and algorithms.

The NASA Decadal Survey explicitly states the need and plan for a lidar-based satellite 3D wind lidar measurements. Ground based performance of these candidate technologies demonstrates increased progress and maturation of the technology and algorithm needed for NASAs Future 3-D Winds Measurement from Space.

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