Clemson University

Colloquium: Prof. Richard Collins, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Department of Physics and Astronomy


Meeting ID: 962 6907 1707

Password: 567780

Thursday, March 25, 4 pm


Lidar Spectroscopy from the Edge of Space


Prof. Richard Collins

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Abstract: Above the height of our nightly TV weather, laser radar (or lidar) systems are used in a variety of ways to measure the Earth’s meteorology.  These systems employ resonance, Rayleigh, Mie and Raman scattering techniques to measure constituents, winds and temperatures.  Increasingly these systems are being challenged to measure these quantities at high-resolution in support of studies that seek to understand how non-linear interactions between large- and small-scale processes drive meteorology and also impact space weather.  In this talk I will highlight some of the current environmental questions (with a bias to things polar) and present the lidar technologies that are used and being developed to address them.  I will present results from collaborations with colleagues at Clemson University.



Bio sketch: Richard Collins is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Collins’ research focuses on weather and climate based on observational studies employing lidars, radars, rockets and satellites.  He has primarily worked with students making measurements of the Arctic atmosphere at the Lidar Research Laboratory at Poker Flat Research Range in an effort to better understand our local and global environment.  Collins considers himself lucky to be working in Alaska during a time of unprecedented interest in the Arctic environment.  Collins was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Rostock in 2006.  Collins received his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1994, his MS from Case Western Reserve University in 1988, and his BE from the National University of Ireland in 1986.


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Meeting ID: 962 6907 1707

Password: 567780

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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