Polarization Lidar for the Detection of Cloud Phase and Particle Orientation

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 2:15 PM
211A West Building (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Robert A. Stillwell, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; and R. R. Neely III, M. Hayman, J. P. Thayer, R. Barton Grimley, and M. Shupe

Accurate measurements of cloud properties are necessary to document the full range of cloud conditions and characteristics. The Cloud, Aerosol Polarization and Backscatter Lidar (CAPABL) has been developed to address this need by measuring depolarization, particle orientation, and the backscatter of clouds and aerosols. The lidar is located at Summit, Greenland (72.6N, 38.5W; 3200 m MSL), as part of the NSF's Integrated Characterization of Energy, Clouds, Atmospheric State, and Precipitation at Summit (ICECAPS). Here, the instrument is described with particular emphasis placed upon the implementation of the innovative polarization methods developed to measure particle orientation and improve the overall accuracy of lidar depolarization measurements. Initial results from the lidar are also shown to demonstrate the ability of the lidar to observe cloud properties.