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Coordinated lidar observations of Saharan dust over Europe in the frame of EARLINET-AS0S project during CALIPSO overpasses: a strong dust case study analysis with modeling support
Author(s): A. Papayannis; V. Amiridis; L. Mona; R. E. Mamouri; A. Apituley; L. Alados-Arboledas; D. Balis; A. Chaikovski; F. de Tomasi; I. Grigorov; O. Gustafsson; H. Linnè; I. Mattis; V. Mitev; F. Molero; D. Müller; D. Nicolae; C. Pérez; A. Pietruczuk; J. P. Putaud; F. Ravetta; V. Rizi; F. Schnell; M. Sicard; V. Simeonov; K. Stebel; T. Trickl; G. D'Amico; G. Pappalardo; X. Wang
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Paper Abstract

Coordinated lidar observations of Saharan dust over Europe are performed in the frame of the EARLINET-ASOS (2006-2011) project, which comprises 25 stations: 16 Raman lidar stations, including 8 multi-wavelength (3+2 station) Raman lidar stations, are used to retrieve the aerosol microphysical properties. Since the launch of CALIOP, the two-wavelength lidar on board the CALIPSO satellite (June 2006) our lidar network has been performing correlative aerosol measurements during CALIPSO overpasses over the individual stations. In our presentation, we report on the correlative measurements obtained during Saharan dust intrusions in the period from June 2006 to June 2008. We found that the number of dust events is generally greatest in late spring, summer and early autumn periods, mainly in southern and south-eastern Europe. A measurement example is presented that was analyzed to show the potential of a ground based lidar network to follow a dust event over a specific study area, in correlation with the CALIOP measurements. The dust transport over the studied area was simulated by the DREAM forecast model. Cross-section analyses of CALIOP over the study area were used to assess the model performance for describing and forecasting the vertical and horizontal distribution of the dust field over the Mediterranean. Our preliminary results can be used to reveal the importance of the synergy between the CALIOP measurement and the dust model, assisted by ground-based lidars, for clarifying the overall transport of dust over the European continent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7479, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing V, 74790C (9 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830842
Show Author Affiliations
A. Papayannis, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
V. Amiridis, National Observatory of Athens (Greece)
L. Mona, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
R. E. Mamouri, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
A. Apituley, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Netherlands)
L. Alados-Arboledas, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
D. Balis, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (Greece)
A. Chaikovski, Institute of Physics (Belarus)
F. de Tomasi, Univ. of Lecce (Italy)
I. Grigorov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
O. Gustafsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
H. Linnè, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (Germany)
I. Mattis, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (Germany)
V. Mitev, Observatory of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
F. Molero, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
D. Müller, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (Germany)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)
D. Nicolae, National Institute of Research & Development for Optoelectronics (Romania)
C. Pérez, Barcelona Supercomputing Ctr. (Spain)
A. Pietruczuk, Institute of Geophysics (Poland)
J. P. Putaud, JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (Italy)
F. Ravetta, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
V. Rizi, Univ. degli Studi dell'Aquila (Italy)
F. Schnell, Meteorologisches Institut der Univ. München (Germany)
M. Sicard, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
V. Simeonov, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
K. Stebel, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (Norway)
T. Trickl, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany)
G. D'Amico, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
G. Pappalardo, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale, CNR (Italy)
X. Wang, Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)

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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