, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 185-195
Date: 25 Sep 2010

CALIPSO validation using ground-based lidar in Hefei (31.9°N, 117.2°E), China

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Validation measurement in collaboration with existing lidar sites is a very important part of CALIPSO validation program, lidar site in Hefei is invited to collaborate in the CALIPSO validation program. In this paper, ground-based lidar measurements in Hefei performed in coincidence with CALIPSO overpass are presented, attenuated backscatter profiles at 532 nm and 1064 nm, as well as volume depolarization ratio profile at 532 nm measured by CALIPSO are compared with the ones measured by ground-based lidar. The comparisons indicate that CALIPSO measurements are consistent with the ground-based lidar measurements. However, due to the fact that horizontal distributions of aerosols in the lower troposphere and clouds are in most cases inhomogeneous, there are some differences between two lidar measurements in the boundary layer and clouds. The aerosol layer below the semi-transparent thick cloud can be detected by the 532 nm channel of CALIPSO in daytime.