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Vertical aerosol distribution over Europe: Statistical analysis of Raman lidar data from 10 European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) stations

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dc.contributor.author Matthias, V en
dc.contributor.author Balis, D en
dc.contributor.author Bosenberg, J en
dc.contributor.author Eixmann, R en
dc.contributor.author Iarlori, M en
dc.contributor.author Komguem, L en
dc.contributor.author Mattis, I en
dc.contributor.author Papayannis, A en
dc.contributor.author Pappalardo, G en
dc.contributor.author Perrone, MR en
dc.contributor.author Wang, X en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T01:21:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T01:21:41Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en
dc.identifier.issn 0148-0227 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/16315
dc.subject Aerosol en
dc.subject Raman lidar en
dc.subject Statistical analysis en
dc.subject.classification Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences en
dc.subject.other aerosol en
dc.subject.other boundary layer en
dc.subject.other lidar en
dc.subject.other optical depth en
dc.subject.other statistical analysis en
dc.subject.other vertical distribution en
dc.subject.other Eastern Hemisphere en
dc.subject.other Eurasia en
dc.subject.other Europe en
dc.subject.other World en
dc.title Vertical aerosol distribution over Europe: Statistical analysis of Raman lidar data from 10 European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) stations en
heal.type journalArticle en
heal.identifier.primary 10.1029/2004JD004638 en
heal.identifier.secondary http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2004JD004638 en
heal.identifier.secondary D18201 en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 2004 en
heal.abstract Since 2000, regular lidar observations of the vertical aerosol distribution over Europe have been performed within the framework of EARLINET, the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network. A statistical analysis concerning the vertical distribution of the volume light extinction coefficients of particles derived from Raman lidar measurements at 10 EARLINET stations is presented here. The profiles were measured on a fixed schedule with up to two measurements per week; they typically covered the height range from 500 m to 6000 m above ground level (agl). The analysis is made for the planetary boundary layer (PBL) as well as for several fixed layers above ground. The results show typical values of the aerosol extinction coefficient and the aerosol optical depth (AOD) in different parts of Europe, with highest values in southeastern Europe and lowest values in the northwestern part. Annual cycles and cumulative frequency distributions are also presented. We found that higher aerosol optical depths in southern Europe compared to the northern part are mainly attributed to larger amounts of aerosol in higher altitudes. At 9 of the 10 sites the frequency distribution of the aerosol optical depth in the planetary boundary layer follows a lognormal distribution at the 95% significance level. Copyright 2004 by the American Geophysical Union. en
heal.publisher AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION en
heal.journalName Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1029/2004JD004638 en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000224123500010 en
dc.identifier.volume 109 en
dc.identifier.issue 18 en
dc.identifier.spage D18201 1 en
dc.identifier.epage 12 en


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