, Volume 108, Issue 4, pp 945-950,
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Date: 28 Sep 2012

Discussion of the relationship between the aerosol extinction coefficient error and background noise


This paper discusses the relationships among the aerosol extinction coefficient error (AECE), background noise, and distance associated with lidar measurements. The AECE calculation is explained in detail, revealing that the AECE is the product of background noise, range squared, and a relation function. The result of an AECE calculation that uses lidar measurements obtained in Nanjing, China, agrees with a calculation that uses a simulated lidar signal. The AECE equation is verified with lidar measurement data and a simulated lidar signal, indicating the AECE equation is reasonable.