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15 October 2008 Comparison of correlative measurements of CALIPSO LIDAR and the number 21 EARLINET station (CIEMAT-Madrid)
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CALIPSO is a satellite mission designed to measure the vertical structure and optical properties of aerosol and clouds over the globe. The Science Team for the mission has organized an international program, named quid pro quo (QPQ), to obtain correlative measurements to support validation of its retrieved products. EARLINET, a network of 25 European lidar stations, joined the QPQ program and have been performing correlative measurements at all stations within 80 km from the overpasses ("mandatory" measurements) and additionally at the lidar station which is closest to the actually overpassed site ("suggested" measurements). In this work, we present the results obtained during the primary validation phase for the #21 EARLINET station (CIEMAT-Madrid) correlative measurements. Two different data products have been compared: The "Total Backscatter_Coefficient_532" from level 2 files (released on Jan/2008) and the version 2 (released on Dec/2007) Level 1 data product called "Total_Attenuated_Backscatter_532", that must be compared with a simulated lidar profile calculated from the 532-nm extinction and backscattering coefficients profiles independently measured by the unpolarized elastic channel and Raman channel of the ground system. Several cases with a reasonable agreement in terms of backscattering coefficient magnitude have been found (7 cases, 26% of the total cases analyzed: 27 cases), while cases with bad agreement amounts to 38%. The rest correspond to cases with clouds (18%) and bad assignment of aerosol layer as clouds (18%).
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Francisco Molero and Manuel Pujadas "Comparison of correlative measurements of CALIPSO LIDAR and the number 21 EARLINET station (CIEMAT-Madrid)", Proc. SPIE 7111, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing IV, 71110E (15 October 2008);

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