The authors would like to thank the following people who have helped to make this paper a reality. Dr. Pat McCormick, principal investigator of the LITE project, for providing aircraft flight time and data analysis funding: Dean Lauritsen and Larry Murphy from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), who provided the dropsonde measurements; Keith Evans, who helped with lidar and NOAA sea surface temperature data analysis; Dave Carter, who was the lead engineer and project manager for the LASAL system; James Marsh, also an engineer, provided expertise ranging from the installation and maintenance of the LASAL system to the software that ran LASAL’s scanning motor; Doug Young, Dave Pierce. Evan Webb, and Roger Navaro of Wallops Flight Facility for their timely mission planning and support; and the crew of the NASA P-3B for their help in the installation of the science instruments and their diligent efforts in maintaining and operating the aircraft.
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