Calibration and retrieval of aerosol optical properties measured with Coherent Doppler Lidar

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  • 1 College of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • 2 Institute for Advanced Ocean Study, Ocean Remote Sensing Institute, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • 3 Laboratory for Regional Oceanography and Numerical Modeling, Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • 4 Qingdao Leice Transient Technology Co., Ltd., Qingdao, Shandong, China
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Abstract

A practical method for instrumental calibration and aerosol optical properties retrieval based on Coherent Doppler Lidar (CDL) and sun-photometer is presented in this paper. To verify its feasibility and accuracy, this method is applied into three field experiments in 2019 and 2020. In this method, multi-wavelength (440 nm, 670 nm, 870 nm and 1020 nm) Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) from sun-photometer measurements are used to estimate AOD at 1550 nm and calibrate integrated CDL backscatter signal. Then, it is validated by comparing the retrieved calibrated AOD at 1550 nm from CDL signal and that from sun-photometer measurements. Well agreement between them with the correlation of 0.96, the RMSE of 0.0085 and the mean relative error of 22% is found. From the comparison results of these three experiments, sun-photometer is verified to be an effective reference instrument for the calibration of CDL return signal and the aerosol optical properties measurement with CDL is feasible. It is expected to promote the study on the aerosol flux and transport mechanism in the planetary boundary layer with the widely deployed CDLs.

Corresponding author: Songhua Wu, wush@ouc.edu.cn

Abstract

A practical method for instrumental calibration and aerosol optical properties retrieval based on Coherent Doppler Lidar (CDL) and sun-photometer is presented in this paper. To verify its feasibility and accuracy, this method is applied into three field experiments in 2019 and 2020. In this method, multi-wavelength (440 nm, 670 nm, 870 nm and 1020 nm) Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) from sun-photometer measurements are used to estimate AOD at 1550 nm and calibrate integrated CDL backscatter signal. Then, it is validated by comparing the retrieved calibrated AOD at 1550 nm from CDL signal and that from sun-photometer measurements. Well agreement between them with the correlation of 0.96, the RMSE of 0.0085 and the mean relative error of 22% is found. From the comparison results of these three experiments, sun-photometer is verified to be an effective reference instrument for the calibration of CDL return signal and the aerosol optical properties measurement with CDL is feasible. It is expected to promote the study on the aerosol flux and transport mechanism in the planetary boundary layer with the widely deployed CDLs.

Corresponding author: Songhua Wu, wush@ouc.edu.cn
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