Abstract

The significant issue of the classic multiangle data-processing technique is that the height up to which this technique allows the reliable profiling of the searched atmosphere is always significantly less than the maximum operative range of the scanning lidar signals. The existing multiangle inversion methodology does not allow for the proper inversion into optical profiles of the distant range signals measured in and close to zenith. In this study, a data-processing technique is considered which allows for increasing the maximal heights when profiling the atmosphere with scanning lidar; it is achieved by using the auxiliary backscatter near-end solution and the assumption of a constant lidar ratio over high altitudes. Simulated and experimental data are presented that illustrate the specifics of such a combined technique.

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