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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 471–490, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-471-2019
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 471–490, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-471-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 25 Jan 2019

Research article | 25 Jan 2019

Aerosol backscatter profiles from ceilometers: validation of water vapor correction in the framework of CeiLinEx2015

Matthias Wiegner et al.
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Many ceilometers are influenced by water vapor absorption in the spectral range around 910 nm. Thus, a correction is required to retrieve aerosol optical properties. Validation of this correction scheme was performed in the framework of CeiLinEx2015 for several ceilometers with good agreement for Vaisala's CL51 ceilometer. For future applications we recommend monitoring the emitted wavelength and providing dark measurements on a regular basis to be able to correct for signal artifacts.
Many ceilometers are influenced by water vapor absorption in the spectral range around 910 nm....
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