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EARLINET observations of the Eyjafjallajökull ash plume over Europe
Author(s): Gelsomina Pappalardo; Aldo Amodeo; Albert Ansmann; Arnoud Apituley; Lucas Alados Arboledas; Dimitris Balis; Christine Böckmann; Anatoli Chaikovsky; Adolfo Comeron; Giuseppe D'Amico; Ferdinando De Tomasi; Volker Freudenthaler; Elina Giannakaki; Aldo Giunta; Ivan Grigorov; Ove Gustafsson; Silke Gross; Martial Haeffelin; Marco Iarlori; Stefan Kinne; Holger Linné; Fabio Madonna; Rodanthi Mamouri; Ina Mattis; Michael McAuliffe; Francisco Molero; Lucia Mona; Detlef Müller; Valentin Mitev; Doina Nicolae; Alexandros Papayannis; Maria Rita Perrone; Aleksander Pietruczuk; Manuel Pujadas; Jean-Philippe Putaud; Francois Ravetta; Vincenzo Rizi; Ilya Serikov; Michael Sicard; Valentin Simeonov; Nicola Spinelli; Kerstin Stebel; Thomas Trickl; Ulla Wandinger; Xuan Wang; Frank Wagner; Matthias Wiegner
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Paper Abstract

EARLINET, the European Aerosol Research Lidar NETwork, established in 2000, is the first coordinated lidar network for tropospheric aerosol study on the continental scale. The network activity is based on scheduled measurements, a rigorous quality assurance program addressing both instruments and evaluation algorithms, and a standardised data exchange format. At present, the network includes 27 lidar stations distributed over Europe. EARLINET performed almost continuous measurements since 15 April 2010 in order to follow the evolution of the volcanic plume generated from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, providing the 4-dimensional distribution of the volcanic ash plume over Europe. During the 15-30 April period, volcanic particles were detected over Central Europe over a wide range of altitudes, from 10 km down to the local planetary boundary layer (PBL). Until 19 April, the volcanic plume transport toward South Europe was nearly completely blocked by the Alps. After 19 April volcanic particles were transported to the south and the southeast of Europe. Descending aerosol layers were typically observed all over Europe and intrusion of particles into the PBL was observed at almost each lidar site that was affected by the volcanic plume. A second event was observed over Portugal and Spain (6 May) and then over Italy on 9 May 2010. The volcanic plume was then observed again over Southern Germany on 11 May 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7832, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing VI, 78320J (26 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.869016
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Gelsomina Pappalardo, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Aldo Amodeo, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Albert Ansmann, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Arnoud Apituley, Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Netherlands)
Lucas Alados Arboledas, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
Dimitris Balis, Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessaloniki (Greece)
Christine Böckmann, Univ. Potsdam (Germany)
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)
Ferdinando De Tomasi, Univ. del Salento (Italy)
Volker Freudenthaler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Elina Giannakaki, Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessaloniki (Greece)
Aldo Giunta, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Ivan Grigorov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Ove Gustafsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Silke Gross, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Martial Haeffelin, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
Marco Iarlori, Univ. degli Studi dell'Aquila (Italy)
Stefan Kinne, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (Germany)
Holger Linné, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (Germany)
Fabio Madonna, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Rodanthi Mamouri, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Ina Mattis, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Michael McAuliffe, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Francisco Molero, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
Lucia Mona, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
Detlef Müller, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Valentin Mitev, Ctr. Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (Switzerland)
Doina Nicolae, National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics (Romania)
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)
Jean-Philippe Putaud, European Commission Joint Research Ctr. (Italy)
Francois Ravetta, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
Vincenzo Rizi, Univ. degli Studi dell'Aquila (Italy)
Ilya Serikov, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (Germany)
Michael Sicard, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Valentin Simeonov, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Nicola Spinelli, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze Fisiche della Materia (Italy)
Kerstin Stebel, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (Norway)
Thomas Trickl, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
Ulla Wandinger, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Xuan Wang, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze Fisiche della Materia (Italy)
Frank Wagner, Univ. de Évora (Portugal)
Matthias Wiegner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7832:
Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing VI
Upendra N. Singh; Gelsomina Pappalardo, Editor(s)

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