Articles | Volume 5, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 891–900, 2012

Special issue: Remote sensing of aerosols and clouds (EGU2011)

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 891–900, 2012

Research article 02 May 2012

Research article | 02 May 2012

Tracking of urban aerosols using combined LIDAR-based remote sensing and ground-based measurements

T.-Y. He1, S. Stanič1, F. Gao1, K. Bergant1,2, D. Veberič1, X.-Q. Song3, and A. Dolžan4 T.-Y. He et al.
  • 1University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • 2Slovenian Environment Agency, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 3Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
  • 4Optotek d.o.o., Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract. A measuring campaign was performed over the neighboring towns of Nova Gorica in Slovenia and Gorizia in Italy on 24 and 25 May 2010, to investigate the concentration and distribution of urban aerosols. Tracking of two-dimensional spatial and temporal aerosol distributions was performed using scanning elastic LIDAR, operating at 1064 nm. In addition, PM10 concentrations of particles, NOx concentrations and meteorological data were continuously monitored within the LIDAR scanning region. Based on the data we collected, we investigated the flow dynamics and the aerosol concentrations within the lower troposphere and found an evidence for daily aerosol cycles. We observed a number of cases with spatially localized increased LIDAR returns, which are associated with the presence of point sources of particulate matter. Daily aerosol concentration cycles were also clearly visible with a peak in aerosol concentration during the morning rush hours and daily plateau at around 17:00 Central European Time. We also found that horizontal atmospheric extinction at the height of 200 m, averaged in limited region with a radius of 300 m directly above the ground-based measuring site, was linearly correlated to the PM10 concentration with a correlation coefficient of 0.84. When considering the average of the horizontal atmospheric extinction over the entire scanning region, a strong dependence on traffic conditions (concentration of NOx) in the vicinity of the ground-based measuring site was observed.