EARLINET: A European Aerosol Research Lidar Network to Establish an Aerosol Climatology

Updated 2003-06-24

EARLINET will establish a quantitative comprehensive statistical database of the horizontal, vertical, and temporal distribution of aerosols on a continental scale. The goal is to provide aerosol data with unbiased sampling, for important selected processes, and air-mass history, together with comprehensive analyses of these data. The objectives will be reached by implementing a network of 21 stations distributed over most of Europe, using advanced quantitative laser remote sensing to directly measure the vertical distribution of aerosols, supported by a suite of more conventional observations. Special care will be taken to assure data quality, including intercomparisons at instrument and evaluation levels. A major part of the measurements will be performed according to a fixed schedule to provide an unbiased statistically significant data set. Additional measurements will be performed to specifically address important processes that are localised either in space or time. Back-trajectories derived from operational weather prediction models will be used to characterise the history of the observed air parcels, accounting explicitly for the vertical distribution.

Time frame

Status
Completed
Project time span
2000 - 2002
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Jens Bösenberg
Address
Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (MPI) Bundesstr. 55 D-20146 Hamburg Germany
Other project contacts
European Commission, Research DG, 5th Framework Programme on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development.

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Air/aerosol

Geography

Regions studied
Jungfraujoch, High Altitude Research Station

Data availability

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
http://lidarb.dkrz.de/earlinet/finalreport.pdf
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Yes
Other institutes involved in the project

http://lidarb.dkrz.de/earlinet/

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