Articles | Volume 11, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5531–5547, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5531-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5531–5547, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5531-2018

Research article 10 Oct 2018

Research article | 10 Oct 2018

Lidar temperature series in the middle atmosphere as a reference data set – Part 1: Improved retrievals and a 20-year cross-validation of two co-located French lidars

Robin Wing et al.

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AR by Robin Wing on behalf of the Authors (16 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Jul 2018) by Markus Rapp
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (09 Aug 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (20 Aug 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (04 Sep 2018) by Markus Rapp
AR by Robin Wing on behalf of the Authors (26 Sep 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (27 Sep 2018) by Markus Rapp
Short summary
The objective of this work is to minimize the errors at the highest altitudes of a lidar temperature profile which arise due to background estimation and a priori choice. The systematic method in this paper has the effect of cooling the temperatures at the top of a lidar profile by up to 20 K – bringing them into better agreement with satellite temperatures. Following the description of the algorithm is a 20-year cross-validation of two lidars which establishes the stability of the technique.