Remote sensing of the tropical rain forest boundary layer using pulsed Doppler lidar G. Pearson1,2, F. Davies1,3, and C. Collier3 1Centre for Environmental Systems Research, University of Salford Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, UK 2Halo Photonics Ltd, Leigh, Worcestershire, UK 3School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS2 9JT, UK
Abstract. Within the framework of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Oxidant and Particle Photochemical Processes (OP3) project, a pulsed Doppler
lidar was deployed for a 3 month period in the tropical rain forest of
Borneo to remotely monitor vertical and horizontal transport, aerosol
distributions and clouds in the lower levels of the atmosphere. The Doppler
velocity measurements reported here directly observe the mixing process and
it is suggested that this is the most appropriate methodology to use in
analysing the dispersion of canopy sourced species into the lower
atmosphere. These data are presented with a view to elucidating the scales
and structures of the transport processes, which effect the chemical and
particulate concentrations in and above the forest canopy, for applications
in the parameterisation of climate models.
Citation: Pearson, G., Davies, F., and Collier, C.: Remote sensing of the tropical rain forest boundary layer using pulsed Doppler lidar, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 5891-5901, doi:10.5194/acp-10-5891-2010, 2010.