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Comparison of lidar methods to determine the aerosol mixed layer top
Author(s): Giovanni Martucci; Manoj K. Srivastava; Valentin Mitev; Renaud Matthey; Max Frioud; Hans Richner
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Paper Abstract

Backscatter lidar measurements were performed in the atmospheric boundary layer and the troposphere above Neuchatel, Switzerland (47.00°N, 6.95°S, 485m asl). The backscatter lidar is based on Nd:YAG laser. The lidar measurements are done in the period from June 2000 till February 2002 as part of the EU project EARLINET ( From the lidar measurements, we determine the following values vertical profile of the aerosol backscatter coefficients, the gradient of the range-corrected lidar signal and the variance of the range-corrected lidar signal. These values are used to determine the aerosol mixed layer (AML) height in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). In this work, we present a comparison of these different lidar methods to determine the AML height. The lidar-obtained values are also compared with the values for ABL top, as determined from upper air weather parameters. This comparison is performed and presented for various seasons and time in the diurnal cycle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5235, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII, (16 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.530912
Show Author Affiliations
Giovanni Martucci, Observatoire de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Manoj K. Srivastava, Observatoire de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Valentin Mitev, Observatoire de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Renaud Matthey, Observatoire de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Max Frioud, Observatoire de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Hans Richner, ETH Hoenggerberg HPP (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5235:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII
Klaus P. Schaefer; Adolfo Comeron; Michel R. Carleer; Richard H. Picard, Editor(s)

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