Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2381–2396, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-2381-2020

Special issue: Aeolus data and their application (AMT/ACP/WCD inter-journal...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2381–2396, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-2381-2020

Research article 15 May 2020

Research article | 15 May 2020

First validation of Aeolus wind observations by airborne Doppler wind lidar measurements

Benjamin Witschas et al.

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Aeolus, the first ever wind lidar in space, has been providing wind profiles on a global scale since its launch. In order to validate the quality of Aeolus wind observations, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) recently performed two airborne campaigns over central Europe deploying two different Doppler wind lidars. A total of 10 satellite underflights were performed and used to validate the early-stage wind data product of Aeolus by means of collocated airborne wind lidar observations.