Articles | Volume 15, issue 18
Research article
29 Sep 2022
Research article |  | 29 Sep 2022

Atmospheric visibility inferred from continuous-wave Doppler wind lidar

Manuel Queißer, Michael Harris, and Steven Knoop

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Visibility is how well we can see something. Visibility sensors, such as employed in meteorological observatories and airports, measure at a point at the instrument location, which may not be representative of visibilities further away, e.g. near the sea surface during sea spray. Light detecting and ranging (lidar) can measure visibility further away. We find wind lidar to be a viable tool to measure visibility with low accuracy, which could suffice for safety-uncritical applications.