In 2011, USRA's Science and Technology Institute organized and hosted the 16th Coherent Laser Radar Conference (CLRC) in Long Beach, California. USRA provided financial assistance to selected PhD students to attend the conference, which was held on the historic Queen Mary ocean liner-turned-hotel. The keynote speaker fo the 16th conference was Dr. George Komar the Associate Director of the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO).
The CLRC serves as a biannual forum for the exchange of current and future developments within the field of coherent laser radar to highlight recent advancements in the field. These include component technology and instrumentation, systems (surface, airborne, and space-based), measurements and processing techniques, and emerging requirements for coherent laser radar applications. Some examples, such as 3D imaging, precision velocity measurements, optics, lidar components, biological imaging systems, transmitters and receivers which are implemented in current and future Earth science capabilities to apply to studies of atmospheric, ocean surface, and target properties.