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Investigation of overlap correction techniques for the Micro-Pulse Lidar NETwork (MPLNET)

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5 Author(s)
Berkoff, T.A. ; Goddard Earth Sci. & Technol. Center, Univ. of Maryland at Baltimore Co, Greenbelt, MD, USA ; Welton, E.J. ; Campbell, J.R. ; Scott, V.S.
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The Micro-Pulse Lidar NETwork (MPLNET) uses elastic-scattering lidars stationed at sites around the globe to produce aerosol and cloud vertical profiles on a continuous year-round basis. Processing of MPLNET data requires a correction for the lidar overlap function in the 0-6 km range, to take into account the loss in near-field receiver efficiency. This correction is normally determined from recording horizontal profiles that require a ∼10 km clear line-of-sight and homogeneous atmospheric conditions, limiting the practicality in which successful corrections can be obtained. An alternative overlap correction method using a secondary receiver is considered that eliminates the need for horizontal measurements. A review of both methods is presented, including a discussion of signal uncertainties.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2003. IGARSS '03. Proceedings. 2003 IEEE International  (Volume:7 )

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21-25 July 2003

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