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Measurements of particle backscatter, extinction, and lidar ratio at 1064 nm with the rotational raman method in Polly-XT

2018, Engelmann, Ronny, Haarig, Moritz, Baars, Holger, Ansmann, Albert, Kottas, Michael, Marinou, Eleni, Nicolae, D., Makoto, A., Vassilis, A., Balis, D., Behrendt, A., Comeron, A., Gibert, F., Landulfo, E., McCormick, M.P., Senff, C., Veselovskii, I., Wandinger, U.

We replaced a 1064-nm interference filter of a Polly-XT lidar system by a 1058-nm filter to observe pure rotational Raman backscattering from atmospheric Nitrogen and Oxygen. Polly-XT is compact Raman lidar with a Nd:YAG laser (20 Hz, 200 mJ at 1064 nm) and a 30-cm telescope mirror which applies photomultipliers in photoncounting mode. We present the first measured signals at 1058 nm and the derived extinction profile from measurements aboard RV Polarstern and in Leipzig. In combination with another Polly-XT system we could also derive particle backscatter and lidar ratio profiles at 1064 nm.

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Earlinet validation of CATS L2 product

2018, Proestakis, Emmanouil, Amiridis, Vassilis, Kottas, Michael, Marinou, Eleni, Binietoglou, Ioannis, Ansmann, Albert, Wandinger, Ulla, Yorks, John, Nowottnick, Edward, Makhmudov, Abduvosit, Papayannis, Alexandros, Pietruczuk, Aleksander, Gialitaki, Anna, Apituley, Arnoud, Muñoz-Porcar, Constantino, Bortoli, Daniele, Dionisi, Davide, Althausen, Dietrich, Mamali, Dimitra, Balis, Dimitris, Nicolae, Doina, Tetoni, Eleni, Luigi Liberti, Gian, Baars, Holger, Stachlewska, Iwona S., Voudouri, Kalliopi-Artemis, Mona, Lucia, Mylonaki, Maria, Rita Perrone, Maria, João Costa, Maria, Sicard, Michael, Papagiannopoulos, Nikolaos, Siomos, Nikolaos, Burlizzi, Pasquale, Engelmann, Ronny, Abdullaev, Sabur F., Hofer, Julian, Pappalardo, Gelsomina, Nicolae, D., Makoto, A., Vassilis, A., Balis, D., Behrendt, A., Comeron, A., Gibert, F., Landulfo, E., McCormick, M.P., Senff, C., Veselovskii, I., Wandinger, U.

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) onboard the International Space Station (ISS), is a lidar system providing vertically resolved aerosol and cloud profiles since February 2015. In this study, the CATS aerosol product is validated against the aerosol profiles provided by the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET). This validation activity is based on collocated CATS-EARLINET measurements and the comparison of the particle backscatter coefficient at 1064nm.

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Aerosol absorption profiling from the synergy of lidar and sun-photometry: The ACTRIS-2 campaigns in Germany, Greece and Cyprus

2018, Tsekeri, Alexandra, Amiridis, Vassilis, Lopatin, Anton, Marinou, Eleni, Giannakaki, Eleni, Pikridas, Michael, Sciare, Jean, Liakakou, Eleni, Gerasopoulos, Evangelos, Duesing, Sebastian, Corbin, Joel C., Gysel, Martin, Bukowiecki, Nicolas, Baars, Holger, Engelmann, Ronny, Wehner, Birgit, Kottas, Michael, Mamali, Dimitra, Kokkalis, Panagiotis, Raptis, Panagiotis I., Stavroulas, Iasonas, Keleshis, Christos, Müller, Detlef, Solomos, Stavros, Binietoglou, Ioannis, Mihalopoulos, Nikolaos, Papayannis, Alexandros, Stachlewska, Iwona S., Igloffstein, Julia, Wandinger, Ulla, Ansmann, Albert, Dubovik, Oleg, Goloub, Philippe, Nicolae, D., Makoto, A., Vassilis, A., Balis, D., Behrendt, A., Comeron, A., Gibert, F., Landulfo, E., McCormick, M.P., Senff, C., Veselovskii, I., Wandinger, U.

Aerosol absorption profiling is crucial for radiative transfer calculations and climate modelling. Here, we utilize the synergy of lidar with sun-photometer measurements to derive the absorption coefficient and single scattering albedo profiles during the ACTRIS-2 campaigns held in Germany, Greece and Cyprus. The remote sensing techniques are compared with in situ measurements in order to harmonize and validate the different methodologies and reduce the absorption profiling uncertainties.

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PollyNET - an emerging network of automated raman-polarizarion lidars for continuous aerosolprofiling

2018, Baars, Holger, Althausen, Dietrich, Engelmann, Ronny, Heese, Birgit, Ansmann, Albert, Wandinger, Ulla, Hofer, Julian, Skupin, Annett, Komppula, Mika, Giannakaki, Eleni, Filioglou, Maria, Bortoli, Daniele, Silva, Ana Maria, Pereira, Sergio, Stachlewska, Iwona S., Kumala, Wojciech, Szczepanik, Dominika, Amiridis, Vassilis, Marinou, Eleni, Kottas, Michail, Mattis, Ina, Müller, Gerhard, Nicolae, D., Makoto, A., Vassilis, A., Balis, D., Behrendt, A., Comeron, A., Gibert, F., Landulfo, E., McCormick, M.P., Senff, C., Veselovskii, I., Wandinger, U.

PollyNET is a network of portable, automated, and continuously measuring Ramanpolarization lidars of type Polly operated by several institutes worldwide. The data from permanent and temporary measurements sites are automatically processed in terms of optical aerosol profiles and displayed in near-real time at polly.tropos.de. According to current schedules, the network will grow by 3-4 systems during the upcoming 2-3 years and will then comprise 11 permanent stations and 2 mobile platforms.

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A methodology for cloud masking uncalibrated lidar signals

2018, Binietoglou, Ioannis, D’Amico, Giuseppe, Baars, Holger, Belegante, Livio, Marinou, Eleni, Nicolae, D., Makoto, A., Vassilis, A., Balis, D., Behrendt, A., Comeron, A., Gibert, F., Landulfo, E., McCormick, M.P., Senff, C., Veselovskii, I., Wandinger, U.

Most lidar processing algorithms, such as those included in EARLINET's Single Calculus Chain, can be applied only to cloud-free atmospheric scenes. In this paper, we present a methodology for masking clouds in uncalibrated lidar signals. First, we construct a reference dataset based on manual inspection and then train a classifier to separate clouds and cloud-free regions. Here we present details of this approach together with an example cloud masks from an EARLINET station.