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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 4131–4147, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-4131-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 4131–4147, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-4131-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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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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.
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