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Specifics of Sounding the Atmospheric Boundary Layer with a Turbulent Lidar


Recommendations on the use of an aerosol turbulent lidar for research in the atmospheric boundary layer are given. A feature of a turbulent lidar is that the sounding path angle should not exceed 10°. It is found that the optimal path angle is 4°, at which it is possible to determine the structural parameter of the refractive index \(C_{n}^{2}\) in the altitude range from 100 m to 1 km. This range can be doubled if sounding at two or three angles to the horizon.

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The author is grateful to A.P. Rostov for the advice, useful discussion of the results of the work, and the help in organizing scintilllometer measurements of the turbulence strength.


The was performed within Project of Fundamental Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences no. AAAA-A17-117021310149-4.

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Razenkov, I.A. Specifics of Sounding the Atmospheric Boundary Layer with a Turbulent Lidar. Atmos Ocean Opt 33, 610–615 (2020).

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  • turbulence
  • lidar
  • atmospheric boundary layer