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Met Office LIDARNET Nottingham Raymetrics LR111-D300 lidar profile data

Update Frequency: As Needed
Latest Data Update: 2023-06-16
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2019-02-19
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 7.92K Files | 4GB


Range corrected lidar signal and volume depolarisation ratio data from the Met Office's Raymetrics LR111-D300 lidar located at Nottingham, central England. 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:  Met Office (2019): Met Office LIDARNET Nottingham Raymetrics LR111-D300 lidar profile data. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, lidar, ceilometer, ash


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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.

File Format:
Data are netCDF formatted.

Process overview

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


  • units: 1
  • long_name: Depolarisation factor - analogue
  • var_id: depol_AN
  • units: 1
  • long_name: Depolarisation factor - photon counting
  • var_id: depol_PC
  • var_id: range
  • units: km
  • long_name: Distance from transmitter to the centre of range gate
  • units: nm
  • long_name: Emission wavelength
  • var_id: emission_wavelength
  • var_id: laser_energy
  • long_name: Mean laser tx energy per pulse measured by photodiode
  • units: mJ/pulse
  • units: mV
  • long_name: Raman signal - analogue
  • var_id: RAM_AN
  • units: MHz
  • long_name: Raman signal - photon counting
  • var_id: RAM_PC
  • units: 1
  • long_name: Total number of shots with this flashlamp
  • var_id: total_shots
  • units: arbitrary units
  • long_name: Total range corrected signal - analogue
  • var_id: RCS_tot_AN
  • units: arbitrary units
  • long_name: Total range corrected signal - photon counting
  • var_id: RCS_tot_PC
  • units: 1
  • long_name: Volume depolarisation ratio - analogue
  • var_id: VDR_AN
  • units: 1
  • long_name: Volume depolarisation ratio - photon counting
  • var_id: VDR_PC
  • units: m
  • standard_name: altitude
  • var_id: altitude
  • long_name: height of ground level above mean sea level

Co-ordinate Variables

  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • long_name: Middle of measurement interval - UTC
  • units: degrees_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: latitude
  • long_name: latitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: longitude
  • long_name: longitude
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