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Title: Lidar Inter-Comparison Exercise Final Campaign Report

The objective of this IOP was to evaluate the performances of the new Leosphere R-MAN 510 lidar procured by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, by testing it against the MPL and Raman lidars at the Darwin ARM site. This lidar is an eye-safe (355 nm), turn-key mini Raman lidar, which allows for the detection of aerosols and cloud properties, and the retrieval of particulate extinction profiles. To do so, the R-MAN 510 lidar has been operated at the Darwin ARM site, next to the MPL, Raman lidar, and Vaisala ceilometer for three months (from 20 January 2013 to 20 April 2013) in order to collect a good sample for statistical comparisons. The comparisons with the Raman lidar were not performed, since the Raman lidar attenuated backscatter and depolarization ratio product was not available. A new product has just been delivered to the ARM archive as a value-added product, hence this study will continue. Nevertheless we have developed software to match the different space and time resolutions of the other lidars and project the data onto a common grid to permit detailed comparison of the instruments’ performance and an enhanced analysis of clouds and aerosols through the use of composite datamore » products, like the ratios of attenuated backscatters, attenuated scattering ratios and depolarization ratios. Comparisons between the MPL and R-MAN510 lidar data exhibit large differences in total attenuated backscatter at 355 and 532 nm, attenuated scattering ratios, and aerosol volume depolarization ratios. Differences in attenuated backscatter result mainly from the different relative contributions of scattering from molecules and particles at the different wavelengths, but there are some intriguing differences that will require further investigations. The differences in volume depolarization ratios are due to the much larger contribution of molecular returns to the volume depolarization ratio (5 times larger at 355 nm than at 532 nm). The R-MAN510 lidar is also found to be much less sensitive to daylight solar background illumination, which is greater at the visible wavelength than in the UV.« less
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  1. Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility (ARM), Northern Territory (Australia). Darwin Site
  2. CSIRO, Western Australia (Australia). Marine and Atmospheric Research
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Technical Report
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Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility (ARM), Northern Territory (Australia). Darwin Site
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
ARM; Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility; Lidar Inter-comparison Exercise; Final Campaign Summary