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Title: Looking into CALIPSO climatological products: Evaluation and suggestions from EARLINET
Authors: Papagiannopoulos, NikolaosMona, LuciaAlados-Alboledas, LucasAmiridis, VassilisBortoli, DanieleD’Amico, GiuseppeCosta, Maria JoaoPereira, SergioSpinelli, NicolaWandinger, Ulla WandingerPappalardo, Gelsomina
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Issue Date: 2016
Published in: EPJ Web of Conferences, Volume 119
Publisher: Les Ulis : EDP Sciences
Abstract: CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Pathfinder Satellite Observations) Level 3 (CL3) data were compared against EARLINET (European Aerosol Research Lidar Network) monthly averages obtained by profiles during satellite overpasses. Data from EARLINET stations of Évora, Granada, Leipzig, Naples and Potenza, equipped with advanced multi-wavelength Raman lidars were used for this study. Owing to spatial and temporal differences, we reproduced the CL3 filtering rubric onto the CALIPSO Level 2 data. The CALIPSO monthly mean profiles following this approach are called CALIPSO Level 3*, CL3*. This offers the possibility to achieve direct comparable datasets. In respect to CL3 data, the agreement typically improved, in particular above the areas directly affected by the anthropogenic activities within the planetary boundary layer. However in most of the cases a subtle CALIPSO underestimation was observed with an average bias of 0.03 km-1. We investigated the backscatter coefficient applying the same screening criteria, where the mean relative difference in respect to the extinction comparison improved from 15.2% to 11.4%. Lastly, the typing capabilities of CALIPSO were assessed outlining the importance of the correct aerosol type (and associated lidar ratio value) assessment to the CALIPSO aerosol properties retrieval.
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License: CC BY 4.0 Unported
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