Abstract—The Chesapeake Bay watershed is one of the most expansive bodies of water in the United States, extending from
the southernmost tip of Virginia gradually reducing its reach
into upstate New York. The airshed of the Chesapeake Bay,
however, is influenced by nearly the entire Eastern and
Midwestern United States, consequently necessitating recurrent
monitoring of air contamination levels. Currently, there are
limited practical methods available to keep a record of the true
levels of pollution in the atmosphere. A simple approach to
alleviate this limitation is the use of light detection and ranging,
or lidar, by means of stationary emplacements located near
major toxic hotspot zones. The efficacy of this system can be
attributed to the particulates in the atmosphere that can be
detected as a result of pollution deriving from different sources.
Furthermore, the level of air pollution has been shown to be
directly correlated to the atmospheric temperature,
subsequently allowing relationships to be established between
the atmospheric temperature and various forms of lidar data.
Implications of a significant correlation being discovered
between atmospheric temperature and any form of lidar data
collected would provide insight on the effectiveness of lidar
towards detecting and monitoring air pollution. In a broader
sense, results from this investigation may be utilized to improve
the atmospheric health and quality around the Chesapeake Bay
and subsequently, the world.
Index Terms—Air quality, lidar, pollution, particulate matter, Baltimore.
L. B. McCullum is with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Lucas B. McCullum, "Tracking Air Pollution in the City of Baltimore, Maryland Utilizing Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR)," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 703-706, 2017.