An iterative method to determine an average backscatter-to-extinction ratio and extinction coefficient simultaneously in cirrus clouds is proposed. The method is based on Klett's inversion, which is constrained by the total optical depth. A signal-to-noise ratio greater than 3 at the cloud top is required for an error in the backscatter-to-extinction ratio lower than 20% to result. The method has been tested with simulated lidar signals. An application to an experimental lidar signal is discussed.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 14, 1994
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 1995
Published: March 20, 1996
Salem Elouragini and Pierre H. Flamant, "Iterative method to determine an averaged backscatter-to-extinction ratio in cirrus clouds," Appl. Opt. 35, 1512-1518 (1996)