Articles | Volume 12, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 4131–4147, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 4131–4147, 2019

Research article 30 Jul 2019

Research article | 30 Jul 2019

A robust automated technique for operational calibration of ceilometers using the integrated backscatter from totally attenuating liquid clouds

Emma Hopkin et al.


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 May 2019) by Andrew Sayer
Short summary
Ceilometers are laser cloud base recorders which retrieve information about atmospheric aerosol and differing cloud types. In order to ensure the information retrieved from the ceilometer is correct and comparable with other ceilometers in an observation network, a calibration is needed. Presented here is a novel automated calibration method, which includes a correction for the effects of water vapour in the atmosphere and shows its application on the UK Met Office's ceilometer network.