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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 15195–15204

The depolarization–attenuated backscatter relationship for dust plumes

Tian Zhou, Jianping Huang, Zhongwei Huang, Jingjing Liu, Wencai Wang, and Lei Lin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 15195-15204 (2013)

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This study identified the relationship between the layer-integrated attenuated backscatter coefficient and layer-integrated depolarization ratio of dust plumes and compared it with that of cloud, using CALIPSO LIDAR measurements. The histogram distribution of the integrated color ratio for dust and cloud was also examined. On the basis of the layer-integrated attenuated backscatter coefficient and layer-integrated depolarization ratio relation, a simple method of detecting dust plumes was developed. A case study of dust identification over the Taklimakan Desert was conducted and compared with the current CALIPSO products. The result shows that the proposed method can significantly improve the classification of cloud and dust plumes and can supplement the current space-borne LIDAR discrimination approach, especially over dust source regions. In addition, The zonal and meridional mean occurrence derived by the proposed method and the CALIPSO’s method were compared for Asian dust over East Asia region (30°N −45°N, 80°E −180°E) using the night measurements of CALIPSO from March to May, 2007. The comparison showed that the dust occurrence obtained from the proposed method is larger than that of CALIPSO’s method. The dust could be found up to around 6-8 km (Above Sea Level, ASL) near the Taklimakan desert region, and maximum occurrence is over 80%. The transport altitude remained at 3km-7km (ASL) as the dust was transported across the Pacific Ocean.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.1350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Backscattering
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2013
Published: June 18, 2013

Tian Zhou, Jianping Huang, Zhongwei Huang, Jingjing Liu, Wencai Wang, and Lei Lin, "The depolarization–attenuated backscatter relationship for dust plumes," Opt. Express 21, 15195-15204 (2013)

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