Articles | Volume 11, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 6339–6350, 2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 6339–6350, 2018
Research article
27 Nov 2018
Research article | 27 Nov 2018

Comparison of methods to derive radial wind speed from a continuous-wave coherent lidar Doppler spectrum

Dominique P. Held and Jakob Mann

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Cited articles

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Bechmann, A., Berg, J., Courtney, M. S., Jørgensen, H. E., Mann, J., and Sørensen, N. N.: The Bolund Experiment: Overview and Background, Tech. rep., Risø-R-1658(EN), DTU, available at: (last access: 22 November 2018), 2009. a
Borraccino, A., Courtney, M. S., and Wagner, R.: Remotely measuring the wind using turbine-mounted lidars: Application to power performance testing, PhD thesis, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark, 2017. a
Branlard, E., Pedersen, A. T., Mann, J., Angelou, N., Fischer, A., Mikkelsen, T., Harris, M., Slinger, C., and Montes, B. F.: Retrieving wind statistics from average spectrum of continuous-wave lidar, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 1673–1683,, 2013. a, b
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In this paper we study the effect of different methods to derive the radial wind speed from a lidar Doppler spectrum. Numerical simulations and experimental results both indicate that the median method has slight improvements over the centroid method in terms of turbulent attenuation and also showed the lowest root mean squared error. Thus, when the aim is to reduce the volume averaging effect and obtain time series with a high temporal resolution, we recommend using the median method.