ACE-2 multiple angle micro-pulse lidar observations from Las Galletas, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Donna M. Powell, John A. Reagan, Manuel A. Rubio, Wayne H. Erxleben, James D. Spinhirne

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Abstract

Multiple-angle micro-pulse lidar (MPL) observations were made at Las Galletas on Tenerife, Canary Islands during the Aerosol Characterization Experiment-2 (ACE-2) conducted June-July, 1997. A principal objective of the MPL observations was to characterize the temporal/spatial distributions of aerosols in the region, particularly to identify and profile elevated Saharan dust layers which occur intermittently during the June-July time period. Vertical and slant angle measurements taken 16 and 17 July characterize such an occurrence, providing aerosol backscatter, extinction, and optical depth profiles of the dust layer between 1 and 5 km above mean sea level (MSL). Additionally, horizontal measurements taken in Las Galletas throughout the 6-week period provide a time profile of the varying aerosol extinction at the surface. This profile exhibits the alternating periods of clean maritime air and pollution outbreaks that typified the region. Horizontal measurements also provide some evidence suggesting the possible influx of Saharan dust from the free troposphere to the surface. This paper presents estimates of aerosol optical properties retrieved from the multi-angle MPL measurements in addition to an outline of the methodologies employed to obtain these results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-661
Number of pages10
JournalTellus, Series B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000

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  • Atmospheric Science

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