EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 119, 2016The 27th International Laser Radar Conference (ILRC 27)
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Advances in Lidar Technologies and Techniques II|
|Published online||07 June 2016|
The Measurement of Tropospheric Temperature Profiles using Rayleigh-Brillouin Scattering: Results from Laboratory and Atmospheric Studies
1 German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Atmospheric Physics, 82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
2 Angstrom Ltd., 630090 Inzhenernaya16, Novosibirsk, Russia
3 Department of Physics and Astronomy, LaserLaB, VU University, 1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands
* Email: Benjamin.Witschas@dlr.de
Published online: 7 June 2016
In this letter, we suggest a new method for measuring tropospheric temperature profiles using Rayleigh-Brillouin (RB) scattering. We report on laboratory RB scattering measurements in air, demonstrating that temperature can be retrieved from RB spectra with an absolute accuracy of better than 2 K. In addition, we show temperature profiles from 2 km to 15.3 km derived from RB spectra, measured with a high spectral resolution lidar during daytime. A comparison with radiosonde temperature measurements shows reasonable agreement. In cloud-free conditions, the temperature difference reaches up to 5 K within the boundary layer, and is smaller than 2.5 K above. The statistical error of the derived temperatures is between 0.15 K and 1.5 K.
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