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Lidar measurements of aerosol at Varanasi (25.28 N, 82.96 E), India during CAIPEEX scientific campaign
Author(s): R. Vishnu; Y. Bhavani Kumar; Y. Jaya Rao; E. James Jebaseelan Samuel; P. Thara; A. Jayaraman
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Paper Abstract

A compact dual polarization lidar (DPL) was designed and developed at National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) for daytime measurements of the boundary layer aerosol distribution and depolarization properties with very high vertical and temporal resolution. The lidar employs a compact flashlamp pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and operates at 532 nm wavelength. The lidar system uses a stable biaxial configuration between transmitter and receiver units. The receiver utilizes a 150 mm Schmidt Cassegranin telescope for collecting laser returns from the atmosphere. The collected backscattered light is separated into co and cross-polarization signals using a polarization beam splitter cube. A set of mini-PMTs have been used for detection of light from atmosphere during daylight period. A two channel transient recorder system with built-in ADC has been employed for recording the detected light. The entire lidar system is housed in a compact cabinet which can be easily transported for field measurements. During 2014, the lidar system was installed at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus, Varanasi (25.28° N, 82.96° E, 82 m AMSL) and operated for a period of three months in to support the cloud aerosol interaction and precipitation enhancement experiment (CAIPEEX) conducted by Indian Institute of tropical meteorology (IITM). During this campaign period, the lidar measurements were carried out in the vertical direction with spatial resolution of 7.5 m and time sampling of 30s. The lidar measurements revealed the occurrence of boundary layer growth during convective periods and also detected the long-range transport dust layers with significant depolarization. In the present paper, we present the lidar measurements obtained during the campaign period and discuss the observation of transport of dust layer over the experimental site with support of back trajectory analysis and satellite data. The Lidar observations were compared with the available satellite observations also presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9876, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, Clouds, and Precipitation VI, 98761Y (5 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223308
Show Author Affiliations
R. Vishnu, National Atmospheric Research Lab. (India)
VIT Univ. (India)
Y. Bhavani Kumar, National Atmospheric Research Lab. (India)
Y. Jaya Rao, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (India)
E. James Jebaseelan Samuel, VIT Univ. (India)
P. Thara, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (India)
A. Jayaraman, National Atmospheric Research Lab. (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9876:
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, Clouds, and Precipitation VI
Eastwood Im; Raj Kumar; Song Yang, Editor(s)

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