Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 100, D12, 25569-25576, 1995
Convective boundary layer mean depths and cloud geometrical properties
obtained from Volume Imaging Lidar data
A. K. Piironen and E. W. Eloranta
University of Wisconsin
Space Science and Engineering Center
This paper presents automatic methods for
obtaining convective boundary layer mean depths,
cloud base altitudes, cloud top altitudes,
cloud coverages, and cloud shadows
using the University of Wisconsin Volume Imaging Lidar (VIL).
These methods provide mesoscale observations
representing the 70 km^2 scanning area of the VIL.
All data obtained with the VIL during
the 1989 FIFE field experiment are analyzed and the results are summarized.
The reliability of these methods is verified by
comparing the results with radiosonde profiles, satellite images,
and visual estimates from Range Height Indicator scans of the VIL.
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