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RIVM's automated lidar systems for climate research
Author(s): Edgar E.R. Visser; Arnoud Apituley; J. B. Bergwerff; J. A. Bordewijk; H. M. ten Brink; Andre C.A.P. van Lammeren; Henk A.J.M. Reinen; Harry Slaper; Dann P. J. Swart
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Paper Abstract

At the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM), an automated elastic backscatter lidar at 1064 nm monitors aerosol and low clouds on a routine basis. The lidar data are presently used for several climate-related research issues: (i) the attenuation of solar UV-B irradiance by mixed layer aerosol is assessed by combining the results of a radiative transfer model, measured irradiances from the UV monitoring station of RIVM, and mixed layer heights obtained by lidar. (ii) The lidar forms part of the KNMI Cloud Detection System, which monitors cloud parameters in an area of 120 X 120 km2 in a central part of the Netherlands. (iii) Aerosol vertical profile information has been used in a case study at ECN to quanitfy the total radiative forcing by anthropogenic aerosol. At present, a second lidar system, especially designed for cloud detection, is being built in the framework of a new national climate research program in the Netherlands.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2505, Lidar and Atmospheric Sensing, (15 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.219640
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Edgar E.R. Visser, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) (Netherlands)
Arnoud Apituley, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) (Netherlands)
J. B. Bergwerff, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) (Netherlands)
J. A. Bordewijk, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) (Netherlands)
H. M. ten Brink, Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN) (Netherlands)
Andre C.A.P. van Lammeren, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) (Netherlands)
Henk A.J.M. Reinen, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) (Netherlands)
Harry Slaper, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) (Netherlands)
Dann P. J. Swart, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2505:
Lidar and Atmospheric Sensing
Richard J. Becherer, Editor(s)

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