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Airborne lidar observations of water vapour variability and transport

Kiemle, C. and Schäfler, Andreas and Wirth, M. and Fischer, Lucas and Craig, George (2012) Airborne lidar observations of water vapour variability and transport. Int. Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling, 3.-7.9.2012, l'Aquila, Italien.

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Water vapour, a minor constituent of the earth’s atmosphere, plays a major role in the radiation budget and the water cycle with important implications for weather and climate. Due to the heterogeneous distribution of its sources, evaporation, and sinks, condensation and precipitation, and due to the complexity of atmospheric motion and mixing, its distribution is highly variable. Despite the relevance of this trace gas, its variability and instrumental shortcomings impede accurate measurements of its concentration. Advanced airborne lidar instruments aid to better observe water vapour and its transport in the atmosphere, in view of an improved understanding of the related key implications. The combination of a water vapour differential absorption lidar and a heterodyne detection Doppler wind lidar on an aircraft allows to measure vertical profiles of the latent heat flux in a convective boundary layer and to portray the small- to meso-scale humidity transport and variability beneath the aircraft with high accuracy and spatial resolution, in the frame of dedicated meteorological process studies.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Airborne lidar observations of water vapour variability and transport
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Kiemle, C.DLR-IPA
Schäfler, Andreasandreas.schaefler@dlr.de
Wirth, M.DLR-IPA
Fischer, LucasMIM, LMU München
Craig, GeorgeDLR-IPA
Date:6 September 2012
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:water vapor, airborne lidar, latent heat
Event Title:Int. Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling
Event Location:l'Aquila, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:3.-7.9.2012
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 - Vorhaben LIDAR-Forschung und -Entwicklung
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Lidar
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Christoph Kiemle
Deposited On:05 Dec 2012 16:02
Last Modified:05 Dec 2012 16:02

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