Whether you are a meteorological office feeding forecasting models with continuous atmospheric data, or a research institute leading atmospheric research field campaigns, you certainly need to access to a continuous and standardized measurement of atmospheric structures : vertical profile of aerosol structure, evolution of atmospheric boundary layer height, clouds’ height, identification of aerosol plums in industrial areas. Until now, remote-sensing was partly realized by various techniques such as tethered balloons, ceilometers, non eye-safe laboratory LIDARs, passive spatial observations.
None of these allowed to collect simultaneously space resolved, real-time and high-resolution data on aerosol layers. Among these techniques, LIDARs were promising. However, their high level of maintenance discouraged atmospheric scientists and operators from using them as ordinary sensors.
ALS 300 and ALS 450 bring a definitive alternative to this situation by offering an unattended, eye-safe, compact LIDAR with unmatched performance, ideally designed for network atmospheric observations. Co-developed with the Climate and Environmental Science Laboratory (CNRS and CEA, France), ALS is pioneering the era of network LIDAR observations.
Automatic tracking of the Planetary boundary layer, under different meteorological conditions. ALS series have been validated during an intensive campaign at the French remote sensing site of the Dynamic Meteorology Lab. PBL height is retrieved in a few seconds (final display every 10mn with an accuracy of 15m). This last left picture shows 12 diurnal cycles at Palaiseau, France using an ALS lidar. Purple dots represent data from a standardized LIDAR from the EARLINET network, validated against Meteofrance radiosoundings.
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American Meteorological Society annual meeting will be held in Atlanta from the 17th to the 21st of January 2010. The 90th meeting will focus on "Weather, Climate and Subject: New demands on science & services". We will be pleased to welcome you on our [...] Read more »