Articles | Volume 9, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4269–4278, 2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4269–4278, 2016

Research article 01 Sep 2016

Research article | 01 Sep 2016

1064 nm rotational Raman lidar for particle extinction and lidar-ratio profiling: cirrus case study

Moritz Haarig1, Ronny Engelmann1, Albert Ansmann1, Igor Veselovskii2, David N. Whiteman3, and Dietrich Althausen1 Moritz Haarig et al.
  • 1Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2Physics Instrumentation Center, Moscow, Russia
  • 3NASA, GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Abstract. For the first time, vertical profiles of the 1064 nm particle extinction coefficient obtained from Raman lidar observations at 1058 nm (nitrogen and oxygen rotational Raman backscatter) are presented. We applied the new technique in the framework of test measurements and performed several cirrus observations of particle backscatter and extinction coefficients, and corresponding extinction-to-backscatter ratios at the wavelengths of 355, 532, and 1064 nm. The cirrus backscatter coefficients were found to be equal for all three wavelengths keeping the retrieval uncertainties in mind. The multiple-scattering-corrected cirrus extinction coefficients at 355 nm were on average about 20–30 % lower than the ones for 532 and 1064 nm. The cirrus-mean extinction-to-backscatter ratio (lidar ratio) was 31 ± 5 sr (355 nm), 36 ± 5 sr (532 nm), and 38 ± 5 sr (1064 nm) in this single study. We further discussed the requirements needed to obtain aerosol extinction profiles in the lower troposphere at 1064 nm with good accuracy (20 % relative uncertainty) and appropriate temporal and vertical resolution.