The influence of lidar data systematic errors on the retrieved particulate extinction coefficient profile in clear atmospheres is investigated. Particularly, two sources of the extinction coefficient profile distortions are analyzed: (1) a zero-line offset remaining after subtraction of an inaccurately determined signal background component and (2) a far-end incomplete overlap due to poor adjustment of the lidar system optics. Inversion results for simulated lidar signals, obtained with the near- and far-end solutions, are presented that show advantages of the near-end solution for clear atmospheres.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 26, 2003
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2004
Published: May 20, 2004
Vladimir A. Kovalev, "Distortions of the extinction coefficient profile caused by systematic errors in lidar data," Appl. Opt. 43, 3191-3198 (2004)