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|Title: ||Improved mixing height monitoring through a combination of lidar and radon measurements|
|Authors: ||Griffiths, AD|
|Issue Date: ||1-Feb-2013|
|Publisher: ||Copernicus Publications|
|Citation: ||Griffiths, A. D., Parkes, S. D., Chambers, S. D., McCabe, M. F., & Williams, A. G. (2013). Improved mixing height monitoring through a combination of lidar and radon measurements. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 6(2), 207-218.|
|Abstract: ||Surface-based radon (222Rn) measurements can be combined with lidar backscatter to obtain a higher quality time series of mixing height within the planetary boundary
layer (PBL) than is possible from lidar alone, and a more quantitative measure of mixing height than is possible from
only radon. The reason why lidar measurements are improved is that there are times when lidar signals are ambiguous,
and reliably attributing the mixing height to the correct aerosol layer presents a challenge. By combining lidar with
a mixing length scale derived from a time series of radon concentration, automated and robust attribution is possible during the morning transition.
Radon measurements provide mixing information during the night, but concentrations also depend on the strength of
surface emissions. After processing radon in combination
with lidar, we obtain nightly measurements of radon emissions
and are able to normalise the mixing length scale for
changing emissions. After calibration with lidar, the radonderived
equivalent mixing height agrees with other measures of mixing on daily and hourly timescales and is a potential method for studying intermittent mixing in nocturnal boundary layers.© 2013, Copernicus Publications.|
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