Whitepaper #066 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research; infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: research tools and infrastructure; ground-based missions/projects; space-based […]
In the last 15 years, lidar observations have evolved to the significantly extended altitude ranges. The recent results demonstrate the huge potentials that lidars and their future generations will bring to the ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere (ITM) physics and space-atmosphere interactions. This paper will focus on the future of ground-based lidar studies in enabling cutting-edge sciences.