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Volume 7, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 3685-3704, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-7-3685-2014
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 3685-3704, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-7-3685-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Nov 2014

Research article | 08 Nov 2014

Mixing-layer height retrieval with ceilometer and Doppler lidar: from case studies to long-term assessment

J. H. Schween et al.
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Two different methods for the determination of the mixing layer height (MLH) are investigated with a one-year data set from central Europe: (i) based on a significant gradient of backscatter and (ii) on the vertical velocity. The aerosol-based method shows significant over-estimation in the morning hours when the ML grows into the residual layer and late afternoon hours when turbulent mixing decays. This results in systematic over-estimation of average characteristcs as e.g. maximum MLH.
Two different methods for the determination of the mixing layer height (MLH) are investigated...
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