hsrl: High Spectral Resolution Lidar

High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) systems collect data about clouds and aerosols.

These systems provide vertical profiles of optical depth, backscatter cross-section, depolarization, and backscatter phase function. All HSRL measurements are absolutely calibrated by reference to molecular scattering, which is measured at each point in the lidar profile.

Like the Raman lidar, but unlike simple backscatter lidars such as the micropulse lidar, the HSRL can measure backscatter cross-sections and optical depths without prior assumptions about the scattering properties of the atmosphere. The depolarization observations also allow robust discrimination between ice and water clouds. In addition, rigorous error estimates can be computed for all measurements. A very narrow, angular field of view reduces multiple scattering contributions. The small field of view, coupled with a narrow optical bandwidth, nearly eliminates noise due to scattered sunlight.

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility operates two HSRL systems, one at the Barrow North Slope of Alaska (NSA) site and the other in the second ARM Mobile Facility (AMF2), which is deployed at various locations on field campaigns.

Measurements

Locations

  • Fixed
  • AMF1
  • AMF2
  • AMF3

Related Publications

2018

Stith J, D Baumgardner, J Haggerty, R Hardesty, W Lee, D Lenschow, P Pilewskie, P Smith, M Steiner, and H Vömel. 2018. "100 Years of Progress in Atmospheric Observing Systems." Meteorological Monographs, , 10.1175/AMSMONOGRAPHS-D-18-0006.1. ONLINE.

Wagner T, P Klein, and D Turner. 2018. "A new generation of ground-based mobile platforms for active and passive profiling of the boundary layer." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, , 10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0165.1. ONLINE.

Nikandrova A, K Tabakova, A Manninen, R Väänänen, T Petäjä, M Kulmala, V Kerminen, and E O'Connor. 2018. "Combining airborne in situ and ground-based lidar measurements for attribution of aerosol layers." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(14), 10.5194/acp-18-10575-2018.

2017

Lubin D, DH Bromwich, AM Vogelmann, J Verlinde, and LM Russell. 2017. ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE) Field Campaign Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM Research Facility. DOE/SC-ARM-17-028.

Korolev A, G McFarquhar, P Field, C Franklin, P Lawson, Z Wang, E Williams, S Abel, D Axisa, S Borrmann, J Crosier, J Fugal, M Kramer, U Lohmann, O Schlenczek, and M Wendisch. 2017. "Ice Formation and Evolution in Clouds and Precipitation: Measurement and Modeling Challenges. Chapter 5: Mixed-phase clouds: progress and challenges." Meteorological Monographs, 58, 10.1175/AMSMONOGRAPHS-D-17-0001.1.

Moisseev D, A von Lerber, and J Tiira. 2017. "Quantifying the effect of riming on snowfall using ground-based observations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(7), 10.1002/2016JD026272.

Kassianov E, M Pekour, C Flynn, L Berg, J Beranek, A Zelenyuk, C Zhao, L Leung, P Ma, L Riihimaki, J Fast, J Barnard, A Hallar, I McCubbin, E Eloranta, A McComiskey, and P Rasch. 2017. "Large Contribution of Coarse Mode to Aerosol Microphysical and Optical Properties: Evidence from Ground-based Observations of a Trans-Pacific Dust Outbreak at a High-Elevation North American Site." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 74(5), 10.1175/JAS-D-16-0256.1.
Research Highlight

Zhang D, Z Wang, T Luo, Y Yin, and C Flynn. 2017. "The occurrence of ice production in slightly supercooled Arctic stratiform clouds as observed by ground-based remote sensors at the ARM NSA site." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(5), 10.1002/2016JD026226.
Research Highlight

2016

Kalesse H, G DeBoer, A Solomon, M Oue, M Ahlgrimm, D Zhang, M Shupe, E Luke, and A Protat. 2016. "Understanding Rapid Changes in Phase Partitioning between Cloud Liquid and Ice in Stratiform Mixed-Phase Clouds: An Arctic Case Study." Monthly Weather Review, 144(12), 10.1175/mwr-d-16-0155.1.
Research Highlight

Petäjä T, EJ O'Connor, D Moisseev, VA Sinclair, AJ Manninen, R Väänänen, A von Lerber, JA Thornton, W Petersen, V Chandrasekar, JN Smith, PM Winkler, O Krüger, H Hakola, H Timonen, D Brus, T Laurila, E Asmi, M Riekkola, L Mona, P Massoli, R Engelmann, M Komppula, J Wang, C Kuang, J Bäck, V Annele, J Levula, M Ritsche, and N Hickmon. 2016. "BAECC: A Field Campaign to Elucidate the Impact of Biogenic Aerosols on Clouds and Climate." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97(10), 10.1175/bams-d-14-00199.1.


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