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ID: 223491.0, MPI für Meteorologie / Climate Processes
Vertical aerosol distribution over Europe: Statistical analysis of Raman lidar data from 10 European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) stations
Authors:Matthias, Volker; Balis, D.; Bösenberg, J.; Eixmann, R.; Iarlori, M.; Komguem, L.; Mattis, I.; Papayannis, A.; Pappalardo, G.; Perrone, M. R.; Wang, X.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2004-09-17
Title of Journal:Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres
Journal Abbrev.:J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos.
Volume:109
Issue / Number:D18
Sequence Number of Article:D18201
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:Since 2000, regular lidar observations of the vertical aerosol distribution over Europe have been performed within the framework of EARLINET, the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network. A statistical analysis concerning the vertical distribution of the volume light extinction coefficients of particles derived from Raman lidar measurements at 10 EARLINET stations is presented here. The profiles were measured on a fixed schedule with up to two measurements per week; they typically covered the height range from 500 m to 6000 m above ground level (agl). The analysis is made for the planetary boundary layer (PBL) as well as for several fixed layers above ground. The results show typical values of the aerosol extinction coefficient and the aerosol optical depth (AOD) in different parts of Europe, with highest values in southeastern Europe and lowest values in the northwestern part. Annual cycles and cumulative frequency distributions are also presented. We found that higher aerosol optical depths in southern Europe compared to the northern part are mainly attributed to larger amounts of aerosol in higher altitudes. At 9 of the 10 sites the frequency distribution of the aerosol optical depth in the planetary boundary layer follows a lognormal distribution at the 95% significance level
Free Keywords:aerosol; Raman lidar; statistical analysis; BOUNDARY-LAYER; ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY; TROPOSPHERIC AEROSOL; CLOUDS; EXTINCTION; FRAMEWORK; PROJECT; ALBEDO; HEIGHT; DEPTH
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Version Comment:Automatic journal name synchronization
Affiliations:MPI für Meteorologie/Climate Processes/Active Remote Sensing
External Affiliations:Aristotle Univ Thessaloniki, Lab Atmospher Phys, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece.; Leibniz Inst Atmospharenphys, D-18225 Kuhlungsborn, Germany.; Univ Aquila, Dipartimento Fis, I-67010 Coppito, Italy.; Univ Wales, Dept Phys, Aberystwyth SY23 3BZ, Ceredigion, Wales.; Leibniz Inst Tropospharenforsch, D-04318 Leipzig, Germany.; Natl Tech Univ Athens, Lasers & Applicat Grp LAG LIDAR Grp, GR-15780 Zografos, Greece.; CNR, Ist Metodol Anal Ambientale, Potenza, Italy.; Univ Lecce, Dipartimento Fis, I-73100 Lecce, Italy.; Ist Nazl Fis Mat, I-80126 Naples, Italy.
Identifiers:ISI:000224123500010 [ID No:2]
ISSN:0148-0227 [ID No:3]
DOI:doi:10.1029/2004JD004638 [ID No:1]
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