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Twenty-six years of lidar monitoring of northern midlatitude stratospheric aerosols
Author(s): David C. Woods; Mary T. Osborn
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Paper Abstract

Aerosols in the upper troposphere and low stratosphere have been monitored continuously during the past 26 years by a ground-based lidar system at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The measurements were started in 1974 to support NASA's ongoing atmospheric research programs, and have produced one of the world's longest continuous lidar records on northern mid- latitude aerosols. The 26-year record spans periods during which the stratospheric aerosol loading was greatly enhanced by highly explosive volcanic eruptions including, Fuego in 1974, El Chichon in 1982, and Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, each of which injected enormous quantities of aerosols and gases into the stratosphere. These lidar observations of volcanic aerosol plumes in the stratosphere over long time periods have provided insight into their potential impact on global climate and other atmospheric processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4168, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere V, (31 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.413871
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David C. Woods, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Mary T. Osborn, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4168:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere V
Jaqueline E. Russell; Klaus Schaefer; Olga Lado-Bordowsky, Editor(s)

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