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Analysis of the EARLINET correlative measurements for CALIPSO
Author(s): Gelsomina Pappalardo; Lucia Mona; Ulla Wandinger; Ina Mattis; Aldo Amodeo; Albert Ansmann; Arnoud Apituley; Lucas Alados-Arboledas; Dimitris Balis; Anatoli Chaikovsky; Adolfo Comeron; Giuseppe D'Amico; Volker Freudenthaler; Aldo Giunta; Ivan Grigorov; Anja Hiebsch; Holger Linnè; Fabio Madonna; Alexandros Papayannis; Maria Rita Perrone; Aleksander Pietruczuk; Manuel Pujadas; Vincenzo Rizi; Nicola Spinelli; Matthias Wiegner
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Paper Abstract

Lidar techniques represent the most suitable tool to obtain information on the aerosol vertical distribution and therefore to close this kind of observational gap. Lidar networks are fundamental to study aerosol on large spatial scale and to investigate transport and modification phenomena. These are the motivations why EARLINET, the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network, was established in 2000. At present, EARLINET consists of 25 lidar stations: 7 single backscatter lidar stations, 9 Raman lidar stations with the UV Raman channel for independent measurements of aerosol extinction and backscatter, and 9 multiwavelength Raman lidar stations (elastic channel at 1064 nm, 532 nm, 355 nm, Raman channels at 532 nm and 355 nm, plus depolarization channel at 532 nm) for the retrieval of aerosol microphysical properties. EARLINET data can significantly contribute to the quantification of aerosol concentrations, radiative properties, long-range transport and budget, and prediction of future trends on European and global scale. It can also contribute to improve model treatment on a wide range of scales and to a better exploitation of present and future satellite data. EARLINET is playing an important role in the validation and in the full exploitation of the CALIPSO mission. EARLINET started correlative measurements for CALIPSO since June 2006. A strategy for correlative measurements has been defined on the base of the analysis of the high resolution ground track data provided by NASA. Results in terms of comparisons between EARLINET and available CALIPSO products, both level 1 and level 2 data, are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7479, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing V, 74790B (9 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830323
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Gelsomina Pappalardo, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Lucia Mona, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Ulla Wandinger, Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V. (Germany)
Ina Mattis, Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V. (Germany)
Aldo Amodeo, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Albert Ansmann, Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V. (Germany)
Arnoud Apituley, Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Netherlands)
Lucas Alados-Arboledas, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
Dimitris Balis, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Anatoli Chaikovsky, Institute of Physics (Belarus)
Adolfo Comeron, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Giuseppe D'Amico, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Volker Freudenthaler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Aldo Giunta, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Ivan Grigorov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Anja Hiebsch, Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V. (Germany)
Holger Linnè, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (Germany)
Fabio Madonna, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Alexandros Papayannis, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Maria Rita Perrone, Univ. del Salento (Italy)
Aleksander Pietruczuk, Institute of Geophysics (Poland)
Manuel Pujadas, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
Vincenzo Rizi, Univ. degli Studi dell'Aquila (Italy)
Nicola Spinelli, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze Fisiche della Materia (Italy)
Matthias Wiegner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7479:
Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing V
Upendra N. Singh; Gelsomina Pappalardo, Editor(s)

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