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Simulation of Cloud-aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) attenuated backscatter profiles using the Global Model of Aerosol Processes (GLOMAP)

Young, S., Cope, M., Lee, S., Emmerson, K., Woodhouse, M. and Bellouin, N. (2016) Simulation of Cloud-aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) attenuated backscatter profiles using the Global Model of Aerosol Processes (GLOMAP). EPJ Web of Conferences, 119. 01005. ISSN 2100-014X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1051/epjconf/201611901005

Abstract/Summary

To permit the calculation of the radiative effects of atmospheric aerosols, we have linked our aerosol-chemical transport model (CTMGLOMAP) to a new radiation module (UKCARADAER). In order to help assess and improve the accuracy of the radiation code, in particular the height dependence of the predicted scattering, we have developed a module that simulates attenuated backscatter (ABS) profiles that would be measured by the satellite-borne Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) if it were to sample an atmosphere with the same aerosol loading as predicted by the CTM. Initial results of our comparisons of the predicted ABS profiles with actual CALIOP data are encouraging but some differences are noted, particularly in marine boundary layers where the scattering is currently under-predicted and in dust layers where it is often over-predicted. The sources of these differences are being investigated.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:68342
Additional Information:Journal issue: The 27th International Laser Radar Conference (ILRC 27)
Publisher:EDP Sciences

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