The almost six-years long database of aerosol and cloud vertical profiles provided by CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) is at the present the longest database of aerosol optical properties at global scale. This database is a unique tool for the characterization of aerosol 4D distribution at global scale. However, CALIPSO has a small footprint and a revisiting time of 16 days, and therefore how well these measurements represent the atmospheric conditions of a surrounding area over a longer time is a big issue to be investigated. Because of its geographic coverage and the large number of advanced Raman aerosol lidars, EARLINET, the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network, offers a unique opportunity for the validation and full exploitation of the CALIPSO mission. CALIPSO Level 2 and Level 3 data products are investigated in terms of their representativeness by comparison with EARLINET measurements. Comparisons for the Level 2 profiles available in both version 2 (40 km as horizontal resolution) and version 3 (5 km) releases highlight the issue of finding a best compromise between the high resolution and the high signal-to-noise ratio. Representativeness of monthly averages provided in Level 3 data is investigated using EARLINET-CALIPSO correlative measurements. The study will furthermore benefit from the availability of the 12-years long-term database of EARLINET climatological data available from May 2000.
L Mona, A Hiebsch, U Wandinger, A Apituley, L Alados Arbroledas, A Comeron, D Balis, V Freudenthaler, A Pappayannis, G Pappalardo. Investigation of Representativeness of Calipso Aerosol Optical Properties Products by EARLINET Correlative Measurements
2012, 2012, ICLAS