Head of the department: Dr. Gerhard Ehret
The department LIDAR develops ground-based, airborne and space-borne lidar systems and applies them for active remote sensing of key meteorological parameters and atmospheric trace gases to facilitate research in weather and climate.
The department focuses on the three future European Lidar space missions ADM-Aeolus, EarthCARE and MERLIN. The department provides the Co-Principle Investigator for MERLIN, and supports ESA’s Lidar missions in the orbit through airborne demonstrator experiments, algorithm developments, feasibility studies, and validation after launch.
The European lidar missions Aeolus (left), EarthCARE (middle) and MERLIN (right).
Research areas are:
Major instruments developed and operated are: