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Vertical profiles of aerosol mass concentration derived by unmanned airborne in situ and remote sensing instruments during dust events

Mamali, Dimitra and Marinou, Eleni and Sciare, Jean and Pikridas, Michael and Kokkalis, Panagiotis and Kottas, Michael and Binietoglou, Ioannis and Tsekeri, Alexandra and Keleshis, Christos and Engelmann, Ronny and Baars, Holger and Ansmann, Albert and Amiridis, Vassilis and Russchenberg, Herman and Biskos, George (2018) Vertical profiles of aerosol mass concentration derived by unmanned airborne in situ and remote sensing instruments during dust events. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT), 11 (5), pp. 2897-2910. Copernicus Publications. DOI: 10.5194/amt-11-2897-2018 ISSN 1867-1381

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-2897-2018


In situ measurements using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remote sensing observations can independently provide dense vertically resolved measurements of atmospheric aerosols, information which is strongly required in climate models. In both cases, inverting the recorded signals to useful information requires assumptions and constraints, and this can make the comparison of the results difficult. Here we compare, for the first time, vertical profiles of the aerosol mass concentration derived from light detection and ranging (lidar) observations and in situ measurements using an optical particle counter on board a UAV during moderate and weak Saharan dust episodes. Agreement between the two measurement methods was within experimental uncertainty for the coarse mode (i.e. particles having radii  > 0.5µm), where the properties of dust particles can be assumed with good accuracy. This result proves that the two techniques can be used interchangeably for determining the vertical profiles of aerosol concentrations, bringing them a step closer towards their systematic exploitation in climate models.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/123536/
Document Type:Article
Title:Vertical profiles of aerosol mass concentration derived by unmanned airborne in situ and remote sensing instruments during dust events
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Mamali, DimitraUniv. Delft, NiederlandeUNSPECIFIED
Marinou, EleniDLR, IPA and NOA, Athens and Univ. Thessaloniki, Griechenlandhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2631-6057
Sciare, JeanCyprus Institute, Nikosia, ZypernUNSPECIFIED
Pikridas, MichaelCyprus Institute, Nikosia, ZypernUNSPECIFIED
Kokkalis, PanagiotisNOA, Athen, GriechenlandUNSPECIFIED
Kottas, MichaelNOA, Athen, GriechenlandUNSPECIFIED
Binietoglou, IoannisNOA, Athen, GriechenlandUNSPECIFIED
Tsekeri, AlexandraNOA, Athen, GriechenlandUNSPECIFIED
Keleshis, ChristosCyprus Institute, Nikosia, ZypernUNSPECIFIED
Engelmann, RonnyTROPOS, LeipzigUNSPECIFIED
Baars, HolgerTROPOS, Leipzighttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2316-8960
Ansmann, AlbertTROPOS, LeipzigUNSPECIFIED
Amiridis, VassilisNOA, Athen, GriechenlandUNSPECIFIED
Russchenberg, HermanUniv. Delft, NiederlandeUNSPECIFIED
Biskos, GeorgeCyprus Institute, Nikosia, ZypernUNSPECIFIED
Date:17 May 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT)
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.5194/amt-11-2897-2018
Page Range:pp. 2897-2910
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
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 Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Lidar
Deposited By: Marinou, Eleni
Deposited On:21 Nov 2018 16:40
Last Modified:21 Nov 2018 16:40

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