Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Research article
21 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 21 Mar 2024

3D wind observations with a compact mobile lidar based on tropo- and stratospheric aerosol backscatter

Thorben H. Mense, Josef Höffner, Gerd Baumgarten, Ronald Eixmann, Jan Froh, Alsu Mauer, Alexander Munk, Robin Wing, and Franz-Josef Lübken

Data sets

MenseAMT2023 Thorben Mense et al.

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Atmospheric Model high resolution data ECMWF

Aeolus L2B scientific wind products: Product Type ALD_U_N_2B ESA (European Space Agency)

Planet dump OpenStreetMap contributors

Short summary
A novel lidar system with five beams measured horizontal and vertical winds together, reaching altitudes up to 25 km. Developed in Germany, it revealed accurate horizontal wind data compared to forecasts, but vertical wind estimates differed. The lidar's capability to detect small-scale wind patterns was highlighted, advancing atmospheric research.