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Lidar observations of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic ash plume at Leipzig, Germany
Author(s): Matthias Tesche; Albert Ansmann; Anja Hiebsch; Ina Mattis; Jörg Schmidt; Patric Seifert; Ulla Wandinger
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Paper Abstract

From 16-24 April 2010 multiwavelength EARLINET Raman lidar and AERONET Sun photometer measurements were performed at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT) in Leipzig (51.3° N, 12.5° E), Germany, to monitor the ash layers originating from the eruptions of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southern Iceland. We observed the first ash plumes on 16 April 2010. They showed strong depolarization which indicates non-spherical particles. Extinction coefficients were as high as 500 Mm-1. We estimate ash mass concentrations of the order of 1000 μg/m3 in the main plume. For an aged ash plume on 19 April 2010 we observed much lower extinction coefficients of around 50 Mm-1 which lead to estimated ash mass concentrations of the order of 100 μg/m3.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 November 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7832, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing VI, 78320L (8 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.868516
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Matthias Tesche, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Albert Ansmann, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Anja Hiebsch, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Ina Mattis, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Jörg Schmidt, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Patric Seifert, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (Germany)
Ulla Wandinger, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung (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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