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David N. Whiteman, Kurt Rush, Igor Veselovskii, Martin Cadirola, Joseph Comer, John R. Potter, and Rebecca Tola

Abstract

Profile measurements of atmospheric water vapor, cirrus clouds, and carbon dioxide using the Raman Airborne Spectroscopic lidar (RASL) during ground-based, upward-looking tests are presented here. These measurements improve upon any previously demonstrated using Raman lidar. Daytime boundary layer profiling of water vapor mixing ratio up to an altitude of approximately 4 km under moist, midsummer conditions is performed with less than 5% random error using temporal and spatial resolution of 2 min and 60–210 m, respectively. Daytime cirrus cloud optical depth and extinction-to-backscatter ratio measurements are made using a 1-min average. The potential to simultaneously profile carbon dioxide and water vapor mixing ratio through the boundary layer and extending into the free troposphere during the nighttime is also demonstrated.

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