CIFAME 2008 – Trial Report

Authors
  1. Buteau, S.
  2. Nadeau, D.
  3. Simard, J-R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Telops Inc, Quebec Que (CAN)
Abstract
By the end of 2001, the SINBAHD project demonstrated the capability of using UV Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) with intensified range-gated spectrometry to detect and characterize bioaerosols from a stand-off position. In the spring of 2005, Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) initiated the BioSense demonstration project, which combines SINBAHD technology with a geo-referenced near infrared LIDAR cloud mapper. The scope of this technology project is to build and demonstrate a spectrometric LIF LIDAR scanning device to detect, map, track and classify bioaerosol threats from multi-kilometre distances. The project includes a variety of field trials using the SINBAHD platform to supply data for the algorithm strategy development and to populate the spectral signature library, including specific material and background spectral characterization. One of these field trials, called CIFAME 2008, pursued the goal of characterizing spectrally the background aerosol in a maritime environment. The present memorandum intends to document the conduct and general results of the CIFAME (Characterisation of Induced Fluorescence from Aerosols in Maritime Environment) 2008 trial which took place at Osborne Head, Nova Scotia, Canada in May 2008. The main outcome is the low variability of the background spectral characteristics. From the 64 trials, only five showed specific spectral features. The spectral variability was encountered either at short range, thus closer to the shore, or during a night having

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Keywords
Biological Warfare Agents;BWA identification;Bioaerosol sensor;(NIR) LIDAR;SINBAHD;Biological threat;Standoff detection;Aerosol background;Trial;Maritime environment
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2010-072 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 May 2010
Number of Pages
68
DSTKIM No
CA034031
CANDIS No
533445
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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