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Lidar Techniques and Remote Sensing in the Atmosphere: Understanding the use of laser light in the atmosphere [Hardcover]

Francis Emmanuel Mensah
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May 19, 2009 1438982739 978-1438982731
This book provides laser and lidar professionals and students with some basics learning tools in the field of lidar, laser instrumentation, and data analysis. It benefits also ordinary readers who are interesting in remote sensing with laser. The reader will first get an idea about the history of laser and introductory knowledge on the electromagnetic theory. Then the book familiarizes with basic important definitions of terms such as stimulated emission of radiation, population inversion, spontaneous emission, absorption, laser, lidar, maser, radar, water vapor mixing ratio, water vapor density, etc.... . Some basic equations used in lidar and some lidar techniques are also introduced. Water vapor is one of the most important atmospheric variables that play a key role in air quality, global warming, and climate change. Despite its abundance in the atmosphere, and its importance for the climate system, many questions regarding water vapor are presently unresolved. Raman Lidar system has an extraordinary ability to sense accurately water's high temporal and spatial structure in the atmosphere. This book is a review of the electromagnetic theory. It is finally an introduction to lidar techniques for the measurement of Nitrogen, oxygen, and water vapor in the atmosphere.

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Francis Mensah is a Professor at Howard University in the United States of America where he currently teaches in the Department of Mathematics. He has a strong vocation in teaching and learning and has taught in many different schools and Universities where he applies psychopedagogy and didactic of sciences. He attended the Ecole Normale Superieure of Porto-Novo in Benin and holds a Doctorate of sciences in Theoretical Physics from the University of Abomey-Calavi and a PhD from Howard University in the U.S. Dr. Francis Mensah earned his BS, MS, and DEA from the National University of Benin. Prior to being appointed in the Mathematics Department, he was Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Howard University. In 2004, Dr. Francis Mensah was among the US Scientists who participated in the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Howard University Aerosol Research Project named 'AEROSE 2004' for atmospheric and oceanographic research. Because of his hard work and advocacy to Science, Dr. Francis Mensah was inducted at Yale University into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438982739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438982731
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,584,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere April 19, 2010
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I got this book and I ahve to say it is absolutely aweful.

He basically lists a few formulas without any rigor, gives an extremely brief description of different types of lasers and such, and spends way too much time on a brief history of lidar which is again not very good.

The entire book, which is already small for a book falsely boasting a strong foundation from the bottom up in lidar, is double spaced and full of typos. It looks like some failed PhD student's thesis.

The book Elastic Lidar is far better and does exactly what this book claims to attempt.
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