Articles | Volume 9, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3769–3791, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3769-2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3769–3791, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3769-2016

Research article 17 Aug 2016

Research article | 17 Aug 2016

Recommendations for processing atmospheric attenuated backscatter profiles from Vaisala CL31 ceilometers

Simone Kotthaus et al.

Data sets

London Urban Micrometeorological Observatory, LUMO S. Grimmond http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/micromet/LUMA/request.html

Met Office LIDARNET Benson Vaisala CL31 ceilometer cloud base and backscatter data, Centre for Environmental Data Analysis Met Office http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/cc1a21f1973743949bd9c8cb4fe2d97f

Site Instrumental de Recherche par Télédétection Atmosphérique SIRTA http://www.sirta.fr

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Short summary
Ceilometers lidars are useful to study clouds, aerosol layers and atmospheric boundary layer structures. As sensor optics and acquisition algorithms can strongly influence the observations, sensor specifics need to be incorporated into the physical interpretation. Here, recommendations are made for the operation and processing of profile observations from the widely deployed Vaisala CL31 ceilometer. Proposed corrections are shown to increase data quality and even data availability at times.