Aerosol Backscatter and Extinction Retrieval from Airborne Coherent Doppler Wind Lidar Measurements
1 Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany,
2 Meteorologisches Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), München, Germany
3 Atmospheric Optics Group, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
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Published online: 7 June 2016
A novel method for coherent Doppler wind lidars (DWLs) calibration is shown in this work. Concurrent measurements of a ground based aerosol lidar operating at 532 nm and an airborne DWL at 2 μm are used in combination with sun photometer measurements for the retrieval of backscatter and extinction profiles.
The presented method was successfully applied to the measurements obtained during the Saharan Aerosol Long-range Transport and Aerosol-Cloud-Interaction Experiment (SALTRACE: http://www.pa.op.dlr.de/saltrace), which aimed to characterize the Saharan dust long range transport between Africa and the Caribbean.
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