mpl: Micropulse Lidar

The Micropulse Lidar (MPL) is a ground-based, optical, remote-sensing system designed primarily to determine the altitude of clouds; however, it is also used for detection of atmospheric aerosols. The physical principle is the same as for radar. Pulses of energy are transmitted into the atmosphere; the energy scattered back to the transceiver is collected and measured as a time-resolved signal, thereby detecting clouds and aerosols in real time.

From the time delay between each outgoing pulse and the backscattered signal, the distance to the scatterer is inferred. Post-processing of the lidar return characterizes the extent and properties of aerosols or other particles in a region.

Locations

  • Fixed
  • AMF1
  • AMF2
  • AMF3

Related Publications

2017

Stachlewska I, M Costa-SurĂ³s, and D Althausen. 2017. "Raman lidar water vapor profiling over Warsaw, Poland." Atmospheric Research, 194, 10.1016/j.atmosres.2017.05.004.

2016

Wagner TJ and JM Kleiss. 2016. "Error Characteristics of Ceilometer-Based Observations of Cloud Amount." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 33(7), 10.1175/jtech-d-15-0258.1.

Feng Y, R Kotamarthi, R Coulter, C Zhao, and M Cadeddu. 2016. "Radiative and thermodynamic responses to aerosol extinction profiles during the pre-monsoon month over South Asia." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16(1), 10.5194/acp-16-247-2016.

2015

Thorsen TJ, Q Fu, RK Newsom, DD Turner, and JM Comstock. 2015. "Automated Retrieval of Cloud and Aerosol Properties from the ARM Raman Lidar. Part I: Feature Detection." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32(11), 10.1175/jtech-d-14-00150.1. ONLINE.

Chandra AS, C Zhang, SA Klein, and H Ma. 2015. "Low-cloud characteristics over the tropical western Pacific from ARM observations and CAM5 simulations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120(17), 52402, 10.1002/2015jd023369.

Solomon A, G Feingold, and MD Shupe. 2015. "The role of ice nuclei recycling in the maintenance of cloud ice in Arctic mixed-phase stratocumulus." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15(18), 10.5194/acp-15-10631-2015.

Wu P, X Dong, and B Xi. 2015. "Marine boundary layer drizzle properties and their impact on cloud property retrieval." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8(9), 10.5194/amt-8-3555-2015.

Qiu S, X Dong, B Xi, and F Li. 2015. "Characterizing Arctic mixed-phase cloud structure and its relationship with humidity and temperature inversion using ARM NSA observations." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120(15), 10.1002/2014jd023022.

Carbajal Henken CK, L Doppler, R Lindstrot, R Preusker, and J Fischer. 2015. "Exploiting the sensitivity of two satellite cloud height retrievals to cloud vertical distribution." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8(8), 10.5194/amt-8-3419-2015.

Shupe MD, DD Turner, A Zwink, MM Thieman, EJ Mlawer, and T Shippert. 2015. "Deriving Arctic Cloud Microphysics at Barrow, Alaska: Algorithms, Results, and Radiative Closure." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54(7), 10.1175/jamc-d-15-0054.1.


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