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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 1999
  • pp: 6365–6373

Retrieval of cloud optical parameters from space-based backscatter lidar data

Yuri S. Balin, Svetlana V. Samoilova, Margarita M. Krekova, and David M. Winker  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 30, pp. 6365-6373 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.006365


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Abstract

We present an approach to estimating the multiple-scattering (MS) contribution to lidar return signals from clouds recorded from space that enables us to describe in more detail the return formation at the depth where first orders of scattering dominate. Estimates made have enabled us to propose a method for correcting solutions of single-scattering lidar equations for the MS contribution. We also describe an algorithm for reconstructing the profiles of the cloud scattering coefficient and the optical thickness τ under conditions of a priori uncertainties. The approach proposed is illustrated with results for optical parameters of cirrus and stratiform clouds determined from return signals calculated by the Monte Carlo method as well as from return signals acquired with the American spaceborne lidar during the Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE).

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.1310) Scattering : Atmospheric scattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

History
Original Manuscript: September 30, 1998
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 1999
Published: October 20, 1999

Citation
Yuri S. Balin, Svetlana V. Samoilova, Margarita M. Krekova, and David M. Winker, "Retrieval of cloud optical parameters from space-based backscatter lidar data," Appl. Opt. 38, 6365-6373 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-30-6365

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