The technique of inverting a single-ended lidar return to obtain range-dependent atmospheric extinction coefficients requires an assumption concerning the relationship between the volumetric backscatter and extinction coefficients. By comparing the powers returned from a volume common to each of two lidars located at opposite ends of a propagation path the need for this relationship can be eliminated, and the extinction coefficient is determined as a function of position between the two lidars. If the lidars are calibrated, the backscatter coefficients and their relationship to extinction can then be determined as a function of position. We present measurements obtained with two lidars which were operated reciprocally over a slant path of ~1 km during reduced visibility conditions. The measured extinction and backscatter coefficients determined by this method provide the boundary value inputs to both the forward and reverse integration algorithms for inverting the single-ended lidar returns. The accuracies by which both single-ended integration schemes can reproduce the double-ended measurements are examined by allowing the ratio of backscatter to extinction coefficients to be either constant or varying with position between the two lidars as measured.
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