Abstract

A method for the boundary-value determination of aerosol extinction profiles from backscatter lidar measurements is presented. Artificially generated lidar signals from two-component inhomogeneous model atmospheres are inverted with the information from two wavelengths (532 and 1064 nm) simultaneously. The solution for the vertical aerosol extinction profile is formulated with Klett’s far-end solution. The boundary value is expressed in terms of aerosol transmission along the lidar line according to Fernald’s solution of the lidar equation. The aerosol transmission is determined iteratively with a transcendental equation on the assumption that a linear relationship exists between the extinction coefficients at both wavelengths. Inversion calculations are applied to model atmospheres with range-dependent lidar ratios representing the growth of aerosol particles caused by increasing relative humidity in the planetary boundary layer. For the inversion constant lidar ratios are assumed that vary between 40 and 70 sr. The numerical procedure turns out to be stable enough to provide meaningful results even in cases of misestimated lidar ratios. The application of the method is of less use for misestimated background radiation and low aerosol concentrations.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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