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Evaluation of the Lidar/Radiometer Inversion Code (Liric) to Determine Microphysical Properties of Volcanic and Desert Dust : Volume 6, Issue 1 (25/01/2013)

By Wagner, J.

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Title: Evaluation of the Lidar/Radiometer Inversion Code (Liric) to Determine Microphysical Properties of Volcanic and Desert Dust : Volume 6, Issue 1 (25/01/2013)  
Author: Wagner, J.
Volume: Vol. 6, Issue 1
Language: English
Subject: Science, Atmospheric, Measurement
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Ansmann, A., Seifert, P., Wandinger, U., Tesche, M., Schwarz, A., Chaikovsky, A.,...Dubovik, O. (2013). Evaluation of the Lidar/Radiometer Inversion Code (Liric) to Determine Microphysical Properties of Volcanic and Desert Dust : Volume 6, Issue 1 (25/01/2013). Retrieved from

Description: Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany. The Lidar/Radiometer Inversion Code (LIRIC) combines the multiwavelength lidar technique with sun-sky photometry and allows us to retrieve vertical profiles of particle optical and microphysical properties, separately for fine-mode and coarse-mode particles. After a brief presentation of the theoretical background, we evaluate the potential of LIRIC to retrieve the optical and microphysical properties of irregularly shaped dust particles. The method is applied to two very different aerosol scenarios, a strong Saharan dust outbreak towards central Europe and an Eyjafjallajökull volcanic dust event. LIRIC profiles of particle volume and mass concentrations are compared with results obtained with the polarization-lidar-based POLIPHON method. LIRIC profiles of optical properties such as particle backscatter coefficients, lidar ratio, Ångström exponent, and particle depolarization ratio are compared with direct Raman lidar observations. Good agreement between the different results are found for most of the retrieval products.

Evaluation of the Lidar/Radiometer Inversion Code (LIRIC) to determine microphysical properties of volcanic and desert dust

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