Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1357–1371, 2020

Special issue: Flow in complex terrain: the Perdigão campaigns (WES/ACP/AMT...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1357–1371, 2020

Research article 24 Mar 2020

Research article | 24 Mar 2020

Analysis of flow in complex terrain using multi-Doppler lidar retrievals

Tyler M. Bell et al.

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This study investigates the utility of using multi-Doppler retrievals during the Perdigão 2017 campaign. By combining scans from the multitude of Doppler lidars, it was possible to derive virtual towers that greatly extend the range of traditional in situ meteorological towers. Uncertainties from the measurements are analyzed and discussed. Despite multiple sources of error, it was found that the virtual towers are useful for analyzing the complex flows observed during the campaign.