Application of the Kano-Hamilton Multiangle Inversion Method in Clear Atmospheres
An improved measurement methodology and a data-processing technique for multiangle data obtained with an elastic scanning lidar in clear atmospheres are introduced. Azimuthal and slope scans are combined to reduce the atmospheric heterogeneity. Vertical profiles of optical depth and intercept (proportional to the logarithm of the backscatter coefficient) are determined. The purpose of this approach is to identify and remove data points that distort the regression analysis results in order to improve the accuracy of the retrieved optical depth and of the intercept. In addition, the influence of systematic distortions has been investigated. Furthermore, profiles of the optical depth, intercept, and the range-squared-corrected signals have been used to determine the lidar overlap function as a function of range. Simulation and experimental results of this data-processing technique are presented.