16 February 2004 Remote-controlled automatic backscatter lidar for PBL and troposphere measurements: description and first results
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In a number of measurement scenarios it is necessary to operate a lidar in remote sites with a minimum personnel attendance on the spot. This requires a stability of operation, automatic functioning and remote control of the instrument status, and data downloading. Such backscatter/depolarisation lidar is realised by Observatory of Neuchatel and was operated for one year in Basel, Switzerland as part of Urban Boundary Layer study (BUBBLE project). The lidar is optimal for measurements at altitudes of planetary boundary layer (PBL) and troposphere. The operation was remotely controlled via internet from the premises of Observatory of Neuchatel. The lidar measurements covered a large number of the diurnal cycles of PBL development. We present a brief description of the lidar and its operation. We also present a preliminary results for PBL diurnal cycle measurements. These results include: determination of the aerosol mixed layer height using the altitude derivative of the lidar backscatter range-corrected signal and determination of the aerosol backscatter coefficient with a lidar signal inversion procedure.
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Giovanni Martucci, Valentin Mitev, Renaud Matthey, Manoj K. Srivastava, "Remote-controlled automatic backscatter lidar for PBL and troposphere measurements: description and first results", Proc. SPIE 5235, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII, (16 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.530916; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.530916
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