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  • Vol. 3, Iss. 11 — Oct. 22, 2008

Synergetic technique combining elastic backscatter lidar data and sunphotometer AERONET inversion for retrieval by layer of aerosol optical and microphysical properties

Juan Cuesta, Pierre H. Flamant, and Cyrille Flamant  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 25, pp. 4598-4611 (2008)

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We present a so-called lidar and almucantar (LidAlm) algorithm that combines information provided by standard elastic backscatter lidar (i.e., calibrated attenuated backscatter coefficient profile at one or two wavelengths) and sunphotometer AERONET inversion of almucantar like measurements (i.e., column-integrated aerosol size distribution and refractive index). The purpose of the LidAlm technique is to characterize the atmospheric column by its different aerosol layers. These layers may be distinct or partially mixed, and they may contain different aerosol species (e.g., urban, desert, or biomass burning aerosols). The LidAlm synergetic technique provides the extinction and backscatter coefficient profiles, particle size distributions, and backscatter-to-extinction ratios for each aerosol layer. We present the LidAlm procedure and sensitivity studies. The applications are illustrated with examples of actual atmospheric conditions encountered in the Paris area.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: March 4, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2008
Published: August 28, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Juan Cuesta, Pierre H. Flamant, and Cyrille Flamant, "Synergetic technique combining elastic backscatter lidar data and sunphotometer AERONET inversion for retrieval by layer of aerosol optical and microphysical properties," Appl. Opt. 47, 4598-4611 (2008)

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