Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4787–4803, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4787-2021

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

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4787–4803, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4787-2021

Research article 07 Jul 2021

Research article | 07 Jul 2021

Relationship between wind observation accuracy and the ascending node of the sun-synchronous orbit for the Aeolus-type spaceborne Doppler wind lidar

Chuanliang Zhang et al.

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The first spaceborne doppler wind lidar (DWL) Aeolus operates on sun-synchronous dawn–dusk orbit to lower the impact of solar background radiation (SBR) on wind observation accuracy. Increased SBR leads to an increment of averaged wind observation uncertainties from 0.19 to 0.27 m s-1 comparing Aeolus and two added spaceborne DWLs operating on orbits with local ascending times of 15:00 and 12:00 LT. A quantitative design of laser pulse energy according to accuracy requirements is also proposed.