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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 3557–3566

Ground-based lidar for atmospheric boundary layer ozone measurements

Shi Kuang, Michael J. Newchurch, John Burris, and Xiong Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 15, pp. 3557-3566 (2013)

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Ground-based lidars are suitable for long-term ozone monitoring as a complement to satellite and ozonesonde measurements. However, current ground-based lidars are unable to consistently measure ozone below 500 m above ground level (AGL) due to both engineering issues and high retrieval sensitivity to various measurement errors. In this paper, we present our instrument design, retrieval techniques, and preliminary results that focus on the high-temporal profiling of ozone within the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) achieved by the addition of an inexpensive and compact mini-receiver to the previous system. For the first time, to the best of our knowledge, the lowest, consistently achievable observation height has been extended down to 125 m AGL for a ground-based ozone lidar system. Both the analysis and preliminary measurements demonstrate that this lidar measures ozone with a precision generally better than ±10% at a temporal resolution of 10 min and a vertical resolution from 150 m at the bottom of the ABL to 550 m at the top. A measurement example from summertime shows that inhomogeneous ozone aloft was affected by both surface emissions and the evolution of ABL structures.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.4950) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ozone
(280.1120) Remote sensing and sensors : Air pollution monitoring
(280.1910) Remote sensing and sensors : DIAL, differential absorption lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: February 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 24, 2013
Published: May 16, 2013

Shi Kuang, Michael J. Newchurch, John Burris, and Xiong Liu, "Ground-based lidar for atmospheric boundary layer ozone measurements," Appl. Opt. 52, 3557-3566 (2013)

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