Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Aerospace Engineering Sciences

First Advisor

Jeffrey P. Thayer

Second Advisor

Peter Pilewskie

Third Advisor

Kristine Larson


Active remote sensing systems, such as lidar, allow for distant measurements of various media and objects. Lidar systems are in use around the world to measure a variety of atmospheric parameters but retrieval primarily relies on a single-scattering assumption which breaks down in optically dense media such as clouds or turbid water. In a multiple-scattering regime, light that is scattered many times carries information about the incident light and the scattering medium and lidar systems are designed to take advantage of the information contained in the returned signal.