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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2000
  • pp: 5446–5455

Retrieval of stratospheric aerosol size distributions and integral properties from simulated lidar backscatter measurements

Glenn K. Yue  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 30, pp. 5446-5455 (2000)

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A new approach for retrieving aerosol properties from extinction spectra is extended to retrieve aerosol properties from lidar backscatter measurements. In this method it is assumed that aerosol properties are expressed as a linear combination of backscatters at three or fewer wavelengths commonly used in lidar measurements. The coefficients in the weighted linear combination are obtained by minimization of the retrieval error averaged for a set of testing size distributions. The formulas can be used easily by investigators to retrieve aerosol properties from lidar backscatter measurements such as the Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment and Pathfinder Instruments for Clouds and Aerosols Spaceborne Observations.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar

Original Manuscript: February 22, 2000
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2000
Published: October 20, 2000

Glenn K. Yue, "Retrieval of stratospheric aerosol size distributions and integral properties from simulated lidar backscatter measurements," Appl. Opt. 39, 5446-5455 (2000)

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