Articles | Volume 11, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5781–5795, 2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5781–5795, 2018

Research article 19 Oct 2018

Research article | 19 Oct 2018

Analysis of the performance of a ship-borne scanning wind lidar in the Arctic and Antarctic

Rolf Zentek et al.

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The performance of the lidar measurements in comparison with radio soundings generally shows small RMSD (bias) for wind speed of around 1 m s−1 (0.1 m s−1) and for a wind direction of around 10° (1°). The post-processing of the non-motion-stabilized data shows comparably high quality to studies with motion stabilized systems. Ship-based doppler lidar measurements can contribute to filling the data gap over oceans, particularly in polar regions.