Validation of LITE-derived Saharan dust layer characteristics

V. M. Karyampudi, S. P. Palm, J. A. Reagan, H. Fang, W. B. Grant, C. Moulin, H. F. Pierce, E. V. Browell, S. H. Melfi

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Lidar observations from the Lidar-in Space Technology Experiment (LITE), in conjunction with European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) and Meteosat data were used to examine the Saharan dust characteristics including its structure, evolution and optical depths over Western Africa and E. Atlantic regions. The lidar backscatter profiles reveal a complex structure of the dust layer but, in general, show a good agreement with the features depicted in the conceptual model of the dust plume. Optical depths of the Saharan dust layer derived from two independent methods were compared with those obtained from the Meteosat data. Although the LITE-derived optical depth patterns from the two methods are in good agreement with each other, they show some differences with those derived from the satellite data, particularly in the inference of heavy dust concentration over the E. Atlantic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-217
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 Conference on Optical Remote Sensing for Industry and Environmental Monitoring - Beijing, China
Duration: Sep 15 1998Sep 17 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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