Rayleigh-Scatter lidar systems effectively use remote sensing techniques to continuously measure atmospheric regions, such as the mesosphere (45-100km) where in situ measurements are rarely possible. The Rayleigh lidar located at the Atmospheric Lidar Observatory (ALO) on the Utah State campus is currently undergoing upgrades to make it the most sensitive of its kind. Here, the important components of these upgrades and how they will effect the study of a particular atmospheric phenomena, atmospheric gravity waves, will be discussed. We will also summarize what has been done to the system during this year to bring us to the threshold of initial operations.
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