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Backscatter-depolarisation lidars on high-altitude research aircraft
Author(s): Valentin Mitev; Renaud Matthey; Vladislav Makarov
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Paper Abstract

This article presents an overview of the development and the applications of two compact elastic backscatter depolarisation lidars, installed on-board the high-altitude research aircraft Myasishchev M-55 Geophysica. The installation of the lidars is intended for simultaneous probing of air parcels respectively upward and downward from the aircraft flight altitude to identify the presence of clouds (or aerosol )above and below the aircraft and to collocate them with in situ instruments. The lidar configuration and the procedure for its on-ground validation is outlined. Example of airborne measurements include polar stratospheric clouds, both synoptical and in lee-waves, ultra-thin cirrus clouds around the tropical tropopause and observation of aerosol layers emerging from the top of deep tropical convection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9292, 20th International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics, 929227 (25 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2075634
Show Author Affiliations
Valentin Mitev, CSEM (Switzerland)
Renaud Matthey, Univ. de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Vladislav Makarov, Institute for Space Research (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9292:
20th International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics
Oleg A. Romanovskii, Editor(s)

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