Lidar techniques represent the most suitable tool to obtain information on the aerosol vertical distribution and therefore
to close this kind of observational gap. Lidar networks are fundamental to study aerosol on large spatial scale and to
investigate transport and modification phenomena. These are the motivations why EARLINET, the European Aerosol
Research Lidar Network, was established in 2000. At present, EARLINET consists of 25 lidar stations: 7 single
backscatter lidar stations, 9 Raman lidar stations with the UV Raman channel for independent measurements of aerosol
extinction and backscatter, and 9 multiwavelength Raman lidar stations (elastic channel at 1064 nm, 532 nm, 355 nm,
Raman channels at 532 nm and 355 nm, plus depolarization channel at 532 nm) for the retrieval of aerosol microphysical
EARLINET data can significantly contribute to the quantification of aerosol concentrations, radiative properties, long-range
transport and budget, and prediction of future trends on European and global scale. It can also contribute to
improve model treatment on a wide range of scales and to a better exploitation of present and future satellite data.
EARLINET is playing an important role in the validation and in the full exploitation of the CALIPSO mission.
EARLINET started correlative measurements for CALIPSO since June 2006. A strategy for correlative measurements
has been defined on the base of the analysis of the high resolution ground track data provided by NASA. Results in terms
of comparisons between EARLINET and available CALIPSO products, both level 1 and level 2 data, are presented.