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Title Inter-Comparison of Aerosol Retrievals and Observational Requirements for multi-wavelength HSRL Systems

Thematic Area Atmosphere

Cost 200 - 300 K

Action Line Novel Mission Concepts

Status Completed in 2011

Missions Future Mission

Sensors HSR Lidar

Project Description


The purpose of this activity is the exploitation of novel multi-wavelength lidar technology and innovative retrieval methods and consolidation of the links between new observation technologies on ground / aircrafts and on future satellites. Currently High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) data is available to develop scientific algorithms for retrievals of aerosol optical properties and to develop the tools for future multi-wavelength space-borne HSRL instrumentation assessments.

Furthermore the algorithms developed within this study can take advantage of the already existing ECSIM (EarthCARE Simulator) for implementation and testing. One of the main outputs from this activity are recommendations on future multi-wavelength HSRL missions and spin-off geophysical products that could potentially be derived considering the multi-wavelength capability of an HSRL instrument in a space-borne platform.

Project Consortium

Project Partners DLR : Deutsches Zentrum f:ur Luft- und Raumfahrt (Prime contractor)
KNMI : Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute(Subcontractor)
IFT : Leibniz Institut fur Tropospharenforschung (Subcontractor)
MIM : Meteorologisches Institut der LMU (Subcontractor)

Contact Points

Project Manager Mr. Andreas Petzold
Lead Scientist
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
German Aerospace Center
Postfach 1116
82230 Wessling
Phone: +49/8153 282592
Fax: 49/8153 281841

Technical Officer Tobias Wehr


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