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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2010
  • pp: 3380–3393

Practical analytical backscatter error bars for elastic one-component lidar inversion algorithm

Francesc Rocadenbosch, M. Nadzri Md. Reba, Michaël Sicard, and Adolfo Comerón  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 17, pp. 3380-3393 (2010)

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We present an analytical formulation to compute the total-backscatter range-dependent error bars from the well-known Klett’s elastic-lidar inversion algorithm. A combined error-propagation and statistical formulation approach is used to assess inversion errors in response to the following error sources: observation noise (i.e., signal-to-noise ratio) in the reception channel, the user’s uncertainty in the backscatter calibration, and in the (range-dependent) total extinction-to-backscatter ratio provided. The method is validated using a Monte Carlo procedure, where the error bars are computed by inversion of a large population of noisy generated lidar signals, for total optical depths τ 5 and typical user uncertainties, all of which yield a practical tool to compute the sought-after error bars.

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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

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2010
Published: June 8, 2010

Francesc Rocadenbosch, M. Nadzri Md. Reba, Michaël Sicard, and Adolfo Comerón, "Practical analytical backscatter error bars for elastic one-component lidar inversion algorithm," Appl. Opt. 49, 3380-3393 (2010)

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