Characterization of Aerosol Size and Microphysical Properties from Multi-Wavelength Raman Lidar Measurements: Inter-Comparison with in Situ Sensors Onboard the ATR 42 in the Framework of HyMEX-SOP1
Scuola di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Potenza, 85100, Italy
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Published online: 7 July 2020
This extended abstract reports measurements that were carried out by the Raman lidar system BASIL in the frame of the Hydrological Cycle in the Mediterranean Experiment – Special Observation Period 1 (HyMeX-SOP1). A specific case study was selected revealing the presence of variable aerosol properties at different altitudes. Specifically, Raman lidar measurements on 02 October 2012 reveal the presence of two distinct aerosol layers, a lower one extending up to ~3 km and an upper one extending from 3.5 km to 4.7 km. Aerosol and size microphysical properties are determined from multi-wavelength measurements of particle backscattering and extinction profiles based on the application of a retrieval scheme which employs Tikhonov’s inversion with regularization. Inversion results suggest a size distribution with the presence, in both the lower and upper aerosol layer, of two particle modes (a fine mode, with a radius of ~0.2 μm, and a coarse mode, with radii in the range 2-4 μm), volume concentration values of 2-4 mm3cm-3 and effective radii in the range 0.2-0.6 μm.
This effort benefited from the dedicated flights of the French research aircraft ATR42, equipped with a variety of in situ sensors for measuring aerosol/cloud size and microphysical properties. Aerosol size and microphysical properties retrieved from multi-wavelength Raman lidar measurements were compared with simultaneous and co-located in-situ measurements.
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