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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1985
  • pp: 3444–3453

Lidar aerosol backscatter measurements: systematic, modeling, and calibration error considerations

Michael J. Kavaya and Robert T. Menzies  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 24, Issue 21, pp. 3444-3453 (1985)

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Sources of systematic, modeling, and calibration errors that affect the interpretation and calibration of lidar aerosol backscatter data are discussed. The treatment pertains primarily to ground-based pulsed CO2 lidars that probe the troposphere and are calibrated using hard calibration targets. However, a large part of the analysis is relevant to other types of lidar system such as lidars operating at other wavelengths; cw focused lidars; airborne or earth-orbiting lidars; lidars measuring other regions of the atmosphere; lidars measuring nonaerosol elastic or inelastic backscatter; and lidars employing other calibration techniques.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 10, 1985
Published: November 1, 1985

Michael J. Kavaya and Robert T. Menzies, "Lidar aerosol backscatter measurements: systematic, modeling, and calibration error considerations," Appl. Opt. 24, 3444-3453 (1985)

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