414 The NASA Micro Pulse Lidar Network (MPLNET): Introduction of the New Version 3 Release

Monday, 13 January 2020
Hall B (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)
Ellsworth J. Welton, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD; and J. R. Campbell, J. Lewis Jr., S. Lolli, S. Stewart, and L. R. Belcher

The NASA Micro-Pulse Lidar Network (MPLNET) is a global federated network of polarized Micro-Pulse Lidar (MPL) systems running continuously. MPLNET began in 2000, and there have been over 70 sites deployed worldwide, with 24 sites currently active and a few more planned over the next year. Seven of the long-term sites have 10+ years of data, and many more have 5+ years. Most sites are co-located with AERONET providing joint data on column and vertically resolved aerosol and cloud information. This presentation will introduce our new Version 3 MPLNET data. All sites in the network now feature eye-safe polarized backscatter MPL instruments, providing information on attenuated backscatter and particle shape. In addition to change with our signal data, we have an enhanced cloud product suite, a new PBL height product, and inclusion of the new AERONET lunar aerosol optical depth into MPLNET aerosol retrievals. A new quality flag process will be used to better describe all data products. Finally, a new data portal will provide near-real-time (NRT) access to all data products, including new quality assured NRT L1.5 products. Custom products developed for model specific applications will also be provided.
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