MSU offers low cost, ground-based atmospheric gas monitor available for licensing

Montana State University researchers have developed an eye-safe, low-cost, diode-laser-based instrument that could provide important data for scientists predicting the weather and studying climate change.

The laser device offers a cost-effective opportunity to deploy a network of continuously operating monitors that can examine atmosphere conditions, including water vapor, aerosols and clouds.

Recent tests have shown the MSU instrument is capable of retrieving water vapor profiles up through the planetary boundary layer and aerosol profiles up through the troposphere – the atmospheric layer where most weather takes place, with an upper boundary of 7 to 11 miles above the Earth.

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