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Ground-based remote sensing of wind vector and visibility: latest results from guideline development
Author(s): Jens Boesenberg; Hans H. Danzeisen; Dirk Engelbart; Klaus Fritzsche; Volker Klein; Christoph Muenkel; Thomas Trickl; Christian Werner; Ljuba Woppowa
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Paper Abstract

Methods which are in discussion to enter a VDI guideline will be presented. Examples of application in local scale area selected. The VDI 'Richtlinie VDI 3786 Umweltmeteorologie,' is divided in many parts. Part 15 shows the remote sensing methods for visibility measurements, part 14 describes the wind profile measurements. Wind profiles in the atmospheric boundary layer yield a very important contribution also to the investigation of atmospheric exchange processes. The wind field in the atmospheric boundary layer is highly variable in spatial and temporal scales. For a few applications a more frequent wind sensing is necessary, i.e. (1) on airports located in low level jet areas, (2) near chemical plants to get information of the transport of toxic gases from leakages,(3) for meteorology in general to improve the weather forecast, (4) for environment protection purposes like dispersion studies. The following statements are valid for visibility measurements: (1) Lidar can provide the same information of the visibility as conventional sensors, but in addition lidar will provide range resolved measurements. (2) It is possible to shrink a lidar down to the size of binoculars. (3) It is possible to measure local visibility with an eye-safe (class 1) lidar. (4) Layers can be detected up to 250 m distance in approximately 2 s even with a small size instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3821, Environmental Sensing and Applications, (16 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364207
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Jens Boesenberg, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie (Germany)
Hans H. Danzeisen, Landesamt fuer Umweltschutz (Germany)
Dirk Engelbart, German Weather Service (Germany)
Klaus Fritzsche, Technische Hochschule Leipzig (Germany)
Volker Klein, Kayser-Threde GmbH (Germany)
Christoph Muenkel, Jenoptik Impulsphysik (Germany)
Thomas Trickl, Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Atmosphaerische Umweltforschung (Germany)
Christian Werner, DLR (Germany)
Ljuba Woppowa, Kommission Reinhaltung der Luft im VDI und DIN (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3821:
Environmental Sensing and Applications
Michel R. Carleer; Moira Hilton; Torsten Lamp; Rainer Reuter; George M. Russwurm; Klaus Schaefer; Konradin Weber; Klaus C. H. Weitkamp; Jean-Pierre Wolf; Ljuba Woppowa, Editor(s)

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