Low Cost, Compact, Direct Detection Wind and Temperature Lidar for Measurements in the Boundary Layer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R10CN0207
Agency Tracking Number: 10-88
Amount: $94,828.36
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 1
Solitcitation Topic Code: 8.4.5
Solitcitation Number: NOAA 2010-1
Small Business Information
Ophir Corporation
10184 BELLEVIEW AVE, LITTLETON, CO, 80127
Duns: 028110716
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Loren Caldwell
 Director, R&D
 (303) 933-2200
 caldwell@ophir.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Spaeth
Title: Director, Business Development
Phone: (303) 933-2200
Email: lisas@ophir.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Monitoring and forecasting of atmospheric winds within the United States provides protection from severe weather conditions, enables the safe operations of airports, provides the ability to predict wildfire evolution, and the dispersion of hazardous material plumes. However, the current NOAA National Profiler Network (NPN) is limited in spatial extent and is temporally and spatially very sparse. Ophir proposes to design, develop and demonstrate a direct detection lidar that is sufficiently low cost to enable wide-spread deployment to provide a more thorough, and cost effective wind and temperature measurement capability nationwide. The innovation is to design a Rayleigh/Mie lidar that enables the use of a low cost, small, rugged, highly-reliable, diode laser capable of sufficient output power in conjunction with a vapor filter to measure vertical wind and temperature profiles, reliably.

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