A COMPARISON OF DUSTSONDE AND LIDAR MEASUREMENTS OF STRATOSPHERIC AEROSOLS
This paper decribes the results and analysis of an experiment to compare the stratospheric aerosol profiles as measured by a ballon-borne in situ particle counter and by the backscattered light from a ground-based laser radar (LIDAR) operating at a wavelength of 6943 A. The profile comparison agrees within the experimental errors for particles with radii greater than 0.25 micrometer and for altitudes between 15 and 28 kilometers. Following the calibration tests, the LIDAR was used to monitor the stratospheric aerosols at Hampton, Virginia. Enhanced backscatter appeared sporadically in November and December of 1974 over Hampton; scattering ratios averaged over altitude increments of 450 meters range from 1.10 to 20 kilometers in early November to 3.3 at 17 kilometers on December 18. The source of this enhanced backscattering is attributed to the aerosols associated with the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala in mid-October.
- Presented at the Conference on CIAP (4th), Held at Cambridge, Mass., on 4-7 Feb 75.
Langley Research CenterEnvironmental and Space Sciences Division
Langley Station, VA USA 23365
Department of Transportation1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC USA 20590
- Remsberg, E E
- Northam, B
- Publication Date: 1975-4
- Pagination: 37 p.
- TRT Terms: Aerosols; Air pollution; Atmosphere; Optical radar; Particles; Sounding; Stratosphere
- Old TRIS Terms: Atmospheric composition
- Subject Areas: Environment;
- Accession Number: 00092470
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-AS-20062
- Files: NTIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Nov 5 1976 12:00AM