Enhancements to the caliop aerosol subtyping and lidar ratio selection algorithms for level II version 4
NASA Langley Research Center, Atmospheric Sciences, MailStop 475, Hampton, VA 23681
2 Science Systems Applications Inc (SSAI), Hampton, VA,
3 NASA NPP (USRA)
Published online: 13 April 2018
Several enhancements have been implemented for the version 4 aerosol subtyping and lidar ratio selection algorithms of Cloud Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP). Version 4 eliminates the confusion between smoke and clean marine aerosols seen in version 3 by modifications to the elevated layer flag definitions used to identify smoke aerosols over the ocean. To differentiate between mixtures of dust and smoke, and dust and marine aerosols, a new aerosol type will be added in the version 4 data products. In the marine boundary layer, moderately depolarizing aerosols are no longer modeled as mixtures of dust and smoke (polluted dust) but rather as mixtures of dust and seasalt (dusty marine). Some lidar ratios have been updated in the version 4 algorithms. In particular, the dust lidar ratios have been adjusted to reflect the latest measurements and model studies.
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