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Dataset

 

Met Office LIDARNET East Malling Raymetrics LR111-D300 lidar profile data

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Abstract

Range corrected lidar signal and volume depolarisation ratio data from the Met Office's Raymetrics LR111-D300 lidar located at East Malling, Kent. Data available from June 2018 onwards, though the instrument is only operated sporadically (see below for further details).

This instrument is one of a suite of 10 Raman lidars deployed by the Met Office around the UK to complement a wider network of ceilometers within the "LIDARNET" upper air monitoring network. Returns from these instruments form a range of products for use in forecasting and hazard detection. The backscatter profiles can allow detection of aerosol species such as volcanic ash where suitable instrumentation is deployed.

The primary aim of the Raman lidar network is the detection and quantification of volcanic ash aerosols during a volcanic event, and the network is only test fired only for a few hours each week. Outside of these times the lidars may be fired if there is a mineral dust outbreak or other such aerosol event of interest. The lidars will not fire if any precipitation is detected.

Raman channel data are not presently available from this instrument in the CEDA archives.

Citable as:  [ PROVISIONAL ] Met Office (9999): Met Office LIDARNET East Malling Raymetrics LR111-D300 lidar profile data. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation. https://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/480283f3b6db4c51911a08b8e3a85f50
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, lidar, ash, Raman, backscatter profiles

Details

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Access rules:
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Use of these data is covered by the following licence: http://licences.ceda.ac.uk/image/data_access_condition/ukmo_agreement.pdf. When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data were collected by the Met Office before processed through the Met Office's Hermes system. A copy of these data were then delivered by the Met Office to CEDA for archiving.

Data Quality:
The data are checked to make sure there are data present, and all the channels are populated etc. However, there are no quality checks in place to catch problems with the machine. Users should therefore take care to inspect the data for any obvious artefacts. For example, it has happened in the past that a filter has been left in place when it should not have been, and that data will not be scrubbed at any point (in that particular case the error will be clear to anyone using the data).
File Format:
Data are NetCDF formatted

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
Output Description None
  • units: degrees
  • long_name: Angle instrument is offset from vertical
  • var_id: tilt
  • names: Angle instrument is offset from vertical
  • units: m-1 sr-1
  • long_name: Attenuated backscatter coefficient
  • var_id: beta
  • names: Attenuated backscatter coefficient
  • units: mV
  • var_id: background
  • long_name: Background light, millivolts at internal ADC input
  • names: Background light, millivolts at internal ADC input
  • var_id: beta_raw
  • long_name: Backscatter
  • units: (100000 km sr)-1
  • names: Backscatter
  • long_name: Decimal days since Jan. 1, 4713 B.C.E. 12:00:00 +00:00
  • var_id: record
  • names: Decimal days since Jan. 1, 4713 B.C.E. 12:00:00 +00:00
  • units: km
  • long_name: Height of cloudbases
  • var_id: CBH
  • names: Height of cloudbases
  • units: km
  • long_name: Highest signal detected
  • var_id: highest_signal_detected
  • names: Highest signal detected
  • units: nm
  • var_id: wavelength
  • long_name: LCBR wavelength
  • names: LCBR wavelength
  • units: %
  • long_name: Laser pulse energy, % of nominal factory setting
  • var_id: pulse_energy
  • names: Laser pulse energy, % of nominal factory setting
  • units: J
  • long_name: Nominal laser pulse energy
  • var_id: nominal_pulse_energy
  • names: Nominal laser pulse energy
  • var_id: range
  • units: km
  • long_name: Range from antenna to the centre of each range gate
  • names: Range from antenna to the centre of each range gate
  • long_name: Range to the centre of each range gate
  • var_id: range
  • units: km
  • names: Range to the centre of each range gate
  • long_name: Scale factor to be applied to attenuated backscatter for forecaster display purposes only
  • var_id: display_scaler
  • names: Scale factor to be applied to attenuated backscatter for forecaster display purposes only
  • long_name: System messages
  • var_id: messages
  • names: System messages
  • var_id: message_bits
  • long_name: System messages still encoded as a 48bit unsigned int
  • names: System messages still encoded as a 48bit unsigned int
  • units: km
  • var_id: visibility
  • long_name: Visibility in air
  • names: Visibility in air
  • units: %
  • long_name: Window transmission estimate % (0 ... 100)
  • var_id: window_tau
  • names: Window transmission estimate % (0 ... 100)
  • units: m
  • standard_name: altitude
  • var_id: altitude
  • long_name: height of ground level above mean sea level
  • names: altitude, height of ground level above mean sea level

Co-ordinate Variables

  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • long_name: Decimal hours from midnight UTC to the end of the measurement period
  • names: time, Decimal hours from midnight UTC to the end of the measurement period
  • units: degrees_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: latitude
  • long_name: latitude
  • names: latitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: longitude
  • long_name: longitude
  • names: longitude
Coverage
Temporal Range
Start time:
2018-06-20T07:29:00
End time:
Ongoing
Geographic Extent

 
51.2876°
 
0.4486°
 
0.4486°
 
51.2876°
 
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