New UK LiDAR network to detect volcanic ash

New UK LiDAR network to detect volcanic ash



2 July 2015

New system installed to improve volcanic ash detection.

A network of particle-sensing Light Detection and Ranging Systems (LiDARs) has been installed across the UK to improve detection and aid forecasting of volcanic ash in the event of future eruptions.

The Met Office is installing ten (including a mobile version) LiDARs specifically designed to sense atmospheric particles around the country as part of a £3m Department for Transport funded project.

The new network, designed and installed by Raymetrics S. A., provides observations to the UK's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), run by the Met Office, to provide more detailed information on the location and characteristics of ash that could impact aircraft flight paths.

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