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Lidar-inversion technique for monitoring and mapping localized aerosol plumes and thin clouds
Author(s): Vladimir A. Kovalev; James L. McElroy; William E. Eichinger
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Paper Abstract

A new lidar-inversion technique is presented for the determination of the extinction-coefficient profile within a spatially restricted zone of atmospheric aerosol inhomogeneity such as a plume, thin cloud, etc. The return lidar signal is measured through the aerosol plume under investigation and also in a direction close to but outside the plume. By using the ratio of these signals, the constituent produced by the aerosol plume is separated from the aerosol background constituent. An iterative lidar- inversion technique is applied to the ratio of these signals rather than to the original signal. This technique is shown to be relatively insensitive to the assumed value of parameters used for the extinction-profile retrieval, and yields an acceptable measurement results even when the accuracy of the assumed parameters is poor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2833, Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics, (12 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258162
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir A. Kovalev, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
James L. McElroy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
William E. Eichinger, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2833:
Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics
Arthur J. Sedlacek, Editor(s)

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