Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2267–2285, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2267-2021

Special issue: EARLINET aerosol profiling: contributions to atmospheric and...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2267–2285, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2267-2021

Research article 16 Feb 2021

Research article | 16 Feb 2021

Validation of aerosol backscatter profiles from Raman lidar and ceilometer using balloon-borne measurements

Simone Brunamonti et al.

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Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a class of remote-sensing instruments that are widely used for the monitoring of aerosol properties in the lower levels of the atmosphere, yet their measurements are affected by several sources of uncertainty. Here we present the first comparison of two lidar systems against a fully independent instrument carried by meteorological balloons. We show that both lidars achieve a good agreement with the high-precision balloon measurements up to 6 km altitude.
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