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Volume 17, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6839–6851, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6839-2017
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Special issue: CHemistry and AeRosols Mediterranean EXperiments (ChArMEx)...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6839–6851, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6839-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 12 Jun 2017

Research article | 12 Jun 2017

A new methodology for PBL height estimations based on lidar depolarization measurements: analysis and comparison against MWR and WRF model-based results

Juan Antonio Bravo-Aranda et al.
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The automatic detection of the planetary boundary layer height (PBL height) by means of lidar measurements still presents difficulties. This work shows an improvement in the PBL height detection using lidar depolarization measurements. To our knowledge, it is the first time that the lidar depolarization technique is used for this purpose. Also, the PBL height derived from the WRF model is compared with the PBL heights of this new method and from a microwave radiometer during CHARMEX campaigns.
The automatic detection of the planetary boundary layer height (PBL height) by means of lidar...
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