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EASOE: Univerisity of College Wales Ozone DIAL LIDAR backscatter measurements at Aberystwyth, UK

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 1995-09-08
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 39 Files | 248KB


The European Arctic Stratospheric Ozone Experiment is a European Commission (EC) measurement campaign undertaken in the Northern Hemisphere winter of 1991-92 to study ozone chemistry and dynamics. The dataset contains measurements of chemical constituents (concentrations of ozone and the members of the chlorine and nitrogen families) and meteorological parameters from European ground stations and balloon and aircraft flights, and from the ground-based ozone monitoring network. This dataset is public.

This dataset was produced using a Nd-YAG laser, 0.6m diameter mirror, two receiver channels - one for parallel and the other for perpendicular polarisation. Photon counting system; raw data collected at 30m resolution (both channels simultaneously). Each individual measurement takes 5 minutes (5000 shots). For the data here, all measurements for an individual evening have been combined. Usually, 2 or 3 consecutive runs were made, but on some evenings (e.g. December 6-9 1991) a large number of profiles were measured. Times of measurements are not given here but can be supplied on request; each was made within 4 hours of 2000 GMT and during hours of darkness. Detailed data for each run are also available on request.

To derive backscatter ratios, atmospheric density profiles were derived from ozonesondes launched from Aberystwyth during EASOE. These were corrected for air and ozone absorption. The top of the aerosol layer for each night was determined by inspection of the counts*height squared (Ch2) profile, and the average ratio of Ch2 to corrected density above this height was used to derive the backscatter ratio.

Correction for aerosol absorption was made using an extinction/backscatter ratio of 40, assumed constant throughout the layer.

For depolarisation ratio, the ratio of the two receiver channels is shown, corrected for the beamsplitter efficiency. Also, all the data have been normalised so that the lidar depolarisation ratio for air (above the aerosol layer) is 1.4%. (Note: this is different from the preliminary data).

Data are shown above 10 km, except where cirrus was present, when the altitudes contaminated by cirrus have been removed. Below 10 km, the count-rates were too high for the recorded data to be reliable. The upper height reported is that of the top of the aerosol layer.

Citable as:  Norwegian Institute for Air Research (2007): EASOE: Univerisity of College Wales Ozone DIAL LIDAR backscatter measurements at Aberystwyth, UK. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: EASOE, ozone, Lidar


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Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

The final data were supplied to NILU for the whole EASOE campaign and placed on CD-ROM. This CD-Rom was then uploaded as-is into the BADC archive for browsing purposes.

Data Quality:
Research data
File Format:
Data are NASA-Ames formatted

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Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

University of Wales, Aberystwyth: Rayleigh LIDAR Deployed on: Aberystwyth, UK
Output Description


  • long_name: Aerosol Backscatter
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Aerosol Backscatter
  • names: Aerosol Backscatter,
  • long_name: Aerosol Particle Properties
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Aerosol Particle Properties
  • names: Aerosol Particle Properties,
  • long_name: Geopotential Height
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Geopotential Height
  • names: Geopotential Height,
  • long_name: Nitrogen Oxides
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Nitrogen Oxides
  • names:, Nitrogen Oxides
  • long_name: Ozone
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Chemistry/Oxygen Compounds > Ozone
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Chemistry/Oxygen Compounds > Ozone,

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