GreenLITE™ Ground Remote Sensing

GreenLITE™ is a remote sensing system from Harris that measures greenhouse gases on the ground in localized areas of interest—such as carbon sequestration sites, urban environments, and wetlands. The only tool of its kind, GreenLITE™ provides a highly accurate monitoring capability 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Partially funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, GreenLITE™ was co-developed by Harris and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) and uses a network of ground retro-reflectors and transceivers along with proprietary software to deliver two-dimensional spatial maps of greenhouse gas concentrations for areas from 1 to 30 square kilometers.

Accurate Measuring of Local Concentrations

With GreenLITE™, it is now possible to accurately measure local carbon dioxide concentrations, understand how it varies over time, identify localized sources and sinks, and confirm the impacts of mitigation efforts.

In 2013, Harris was selected by the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory to develop the GreenLITE™ system in support of a comprehensive monitoring program for ground carbon storage sites.  The system was designed and tested to cover an area of one square kilometer.  The original system was deployed to operate continuously and autonomously for 6 months at a ground carbon storage site, during which more than 1.8 million samples were retrieved and 72 thousand 2D reconstructions were generated. In 2015, Harris and AER developed an expanded GreenLITE™ system that covers approximately 30 square kilometers.  With support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, the system was tested at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s tall tower site in Boulder, Colorado. 

GreenLITE™ Deployment in Paris, France

GreenLITE™ was deployed in Paris, France to track carbon dioxide concentrations prior to the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21). The study was conducted with support from the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) and (LATMOS): Atmospheres, Environnements and Spatial Observations Laboratory from November 2015 to January 2017.