6.3 Tropospheric Ozone Lidar Network (TOLNet) - Tropospheric Ozone and Aerosol Profiling for Satellite Continuity and Process Studies

Wednesday, 9 January 2013: 2:00 PM
Room 18C (Austin Convention Center)
Mike Newchurch, Univ. of Alabama, Huntsville, AL; and R. alvarez, J. A. Al-Saadi, J. Burris, W. Cantrell, G. Chen, R. De Young, M. Hardesty, R. Hoff, J. A. Kaye, K. Knupp, S. Kuang, A. O. Langford, T. Leblanc, I. S. McDermid, T. J. McGee, B. Pierce, C. Senff, A. P. Sullivan, J. Szykman, G. Tonnesen, and L. Wang

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An interagency research initiative for ground-based ozone and aerosol lidar profiling recently funded by NASA has important applications to air-quality studies in addition to the goal of serving the GEO-CAPE and other air-quality missions. Ozone is a key trace-gas species, a greenhouse gas, and an important pollutant in the troposphere. High spatial and temporal variability of ozone affected by various physical and photochemical processes motivates the high spatio-temporal lidar profiling of tropospheric ozone for improving the simulation and forecasting capability of the photochemical/air-quality models, especially in the boundary layer where the resolution and precision of satellite retrievals are fundamentally limited. It is well known that there are large discrepancies between the surface and upper-air ozone due to titration, surface deposition, diurnal processes, free-tropospheric transport, and other processes. Near-ground ozone profiling has been technically challenging for lidars due to some engineering difficulties, such as near-range saturation, field-of-view overlap, and signal processing issues. This initiative provides an opportunity for us to solve those engineering issues and redesign the lidars aimed at long-term, routine ozone/aerosol observations from the near surface to the top of the troposphere at multiple stations (i.e., NASA/GSFC, NASA/LaRC, NASA/JPL, NOAA/ESRL, UAHuntsville) for addressing the needs of NASA, NOAA, EPA and State/local AQ agencies. We will present the details of the science investigations, current status of the instrumentation development, data access/protocol, and the future goals of this lidar network.

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