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Airborne lidar observations supporting the ADM-Aeolus mission for global wind profiling

Reitebuch, Oliver and Lemmerz, Christian and Marksteiner, Uwe and Rahm, Stephan and Witschas, Benjamin (2012) Airborne lidar observations supporting the ADM-Aeolus mission for global wind profiling. In: Proceedings of the 26th ILRC, pp. 759-762. 26th Int. Laser Radar Conference ILRC, 25.-29. Juni, Porto Heli, Greece.

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The Atmospheric Dynamics Mission ADM-Aeolus of ESA will be the first lidar mission to sense the global wind field from space. The instrument is based on a direct-detection Doppler lidar operating at 354.9 nm with two spectrometers for aerosol/cloud and molecular backscatter. In order to assess the performance of the Doppler lidar ALADIN on ADM-Aeolus and to optimize the retrieval algorithms with atmospheric signals, an airborne prototype – the ALADIN Airborne Demonstrator A2D – was developed. The A2D was the first airborne direct-detection Doppler lidar with its maiden flight on the DLR Falcon aircraft in 2005. Three airborne campaigns with a coherent-detection 2-μm wind lidar and the direct-detection wind lidar A2D were performed for pre-launch validation of Aeolus from 2007-2009. Furthermore, a unique experiment for resolving the Rayleigh-Brillouin spectral line shape in the atmosphere was accomplished in 2009 with the A2D from a mountain observatory at an altitude of 2650 m. Results of this experiment and the latest airborne campaign in the vicinity of Greenland and Iceland will be discussed.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Airborne lidar observations supporting the ADM-Aeolus mission for global wind profiling
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Reitebuch, Oliver DLR
Lemmerz, ChristianDLR
Marksteiner, UweDLR
Rahm, StephanDLR
Witschas, BenjaminDLR
Date:June 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 26th ILRC
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 759-762
Keywords:Doppler lidar, ADM-Aeolus
Event Title:26th Int. Laser Radar Conference ILRC
Event Location:Porto Heli, Greece
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-29. Juni
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt ADM
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Lidar
Deposited By: Oliver Reitebuch
Deposited On:24 Sep 2012 13:28
Last Modified:24 Sep 2012 13:30

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