The Atmospheric Lidar Observatory at Utah State University
The Atmospheric Lidar Observatory has been in existence on the USU campus since 1993. Back then, ALO only had one lidar instrument-the previous version of the Rayleigh-Scatter lidar that operated for 11 years. In 2010 the Sodium Resonance lidar, that operated at Colorado State for many years, was moved to ALO. The Na Lidar system is run by Dr. Titus Yuan and his team of graduate and undergraduate students here at USU. In 2012, the new large Rayleigh lidar began observing under the direction of Dr. Vincent Wickwar and his team of students. Together, the two systems observe different attributes and dynamics of the upper atmosphere.