Abstract

Shot noise places a practical limit on the spatial and temporal resolution of lidar photocount data. A 2-D signal-processing technique that utilizes spatial and temporal filtering to reduce shot noise and increase resolution is described. The technique is applied to sodium lidar data collected during the fall of 1979 over Urbana, Illinois. Temporal filtering is shown to enhance the spatial resolution of the sodium profiles significantly by reducing shot noise by more than 10 dB. The signal-processing technique is applicable to a wide variety of lidar data.

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