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Laser remote sensing of tropospheric aerosols and clouds
Author(s): Atanaska D. Deleva; Lachezar A. Avramov; Dimitar V. Stoyanov
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Paper Abstract

Aerosols and clouds have significant impact on global climate. In this work experimental results from regular lidar investigations of tropospheric aerosols and clouds are presented. Examples of calculated atmospheric backscatter coefficient profiles extracted from four years lidar dataset collected in the city of Sofia (Bulgaria) are offered and analyzed. They illustrate remote detection of aerosol fields and clouds at different altitudes including Saharan dust intrusion over the city and highly situated cirrus clouds. The mass temporal evolution and the spatial distribution of registered atmospheric layers are visualized by 2D-colormaps in height-time coordinates. The ground-based measurements are performed with a newly developed lidar in the Laser Radar Lab, Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The good parameters of all the laser, telescope, photo-receiving modules and software make it possible the developed lidar to be utilized for carrying out fast and accurate remote atmospheric measurements with high spatial and temporal resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7747, 16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 77470Q (17 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.881769
Show Author Affiliations
Atanaska D. Deleva, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Lachezar A. Avramov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Dimitar V. Stoyanov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7747:
16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja Dreischuh; Dimitar Slavov, Editor(s)

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