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Title: The impact of lidar detection sensitivity on assessing aerosol direct radiative effects: LIDAR SENSITIVITY AND AEROSOL DRE

Abstract

Spaceborne lidar observations have great potential to provide accurate global estimates of the aerosol direct radiative effect (DRE) in both clear and cloudy conditions. However, comparisons between observations from the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite (CALIPSO) and multiple years of Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program's ground-based Raman lidars (RL) show that CALIPSO does not detect all radiatively significant aerosol, i.e., aerosol that directly modifies the Earth's radiation budget. We estimated that using CALIPSO observations results in an underestimate of the magnitude of the global mean aerosol DRE by up to 54%. The ARM RL data sets along with NASA Langley airborne high spectral resolution lidar data from multiple field campaigns are used to derive the detection sensitivity required to accurately resolve the aerosol DRE. This shows that a lidar with a backscatter coefficient detection sensitivity of about 1–2 × 10 -4 km -1 sr -1 at 532 nm would resolve all the aerosol needed to derive the DRE to within 1%.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
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Research Org.:
Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1533003
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0010557; SC0014042
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geophysical Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 44; Journal Issue: 17; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Geology

Citation Formats

Thorsen, Tyler J., Ferrare, Richard A., Hostetler, Chris A., Vaughan, Mark A., and Fu, Qiang. The impact of lidar detection sensitivity on assessing aerosol direct radiative effects: LIDAR SENSITIVITY AND AEROSOL DRE. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1002/2017gl074521.
Thorsen, Tyler J., Ferrare, Richard A., Hostetler, Chris A., Vaughan, Mark A., & Fu, Qiang. The impact of lidar detection sensitivity on assessing aerosol direct radiative effects: LIDAR SENSITIVITY AND AEROSOL DRE. United States. doi:10.1002/2017gl074521.
Thorsen, Tyler J., Ferrare, Richard A., Hostetler, Chris A., Vaughan, Mark A., and Fu, Qiang. Fri . "The impact of lidar detection sensitivity on assessing aerosol direct radiative effects: LIDAR SENSITIVITY AND AEROSOL DRE". United States. doi:10.1002/2017gl074521. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1533003.
@article{osti_1533003,
title = {The impact of lidar detection sensitivity on assessing aerosol direct radiative effects: LIDAR SENSITIVITY AND AEROSOL DRE},
author = {Thorsen, Tyler J. and Ferrare, Richard A. and Hostetler, Chris A. and Vaughan, Mark A. and Fu, Qiang},
abstractNote = {Spaceborne lidar observations have great potential to provide accurate global estimates of the aerosol direct radiative effect (DRE) in both clear and cloudy conditions. However, comparisons between observations from the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite (CALIPSO) and multiple years of Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program's ground-based Raman lidars (RL) show that CALIPSO does not detect all radiatively significant aerosol, i.e., aerosol that directly modifies the Earth's radiation budget. We estimated that using CALIPSO observations results in an underestimate of the magnitude of the global mean aerosol DRE by up to 54%. The ARM RL data sets along with NASA Langley airborne high spectral resolution lidar data from multiple field campaigns are used to derive the detection sensitivity required to accurately resolve the aerosol DRE. This shows that a lidar with a backscatter coefficient detection sensitivity of about 1–2 × 10-4 km-1 sr-1 at 532 nm would resolve all the aerosol needed to derive the DRE to within 1%.},
doi = {10.1002/2017gl074521},
journal = {Geophysical Research Letters},
number = 17,
volume = 44,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}

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