Latin American Lidar Network (LALINET) for aerosol research: Diagnosis on network instrumentation

Juan Luis Guerrero-Rascado, Eduardo Landulfo, Juan Carlos Antuña, Henrique de Melo Jorge Barbosa, Boris Barja, Álvaro Efrain Bastidas, Andrés Esteban Bedoya, Renata Facundes da Costa, René Estevan, Ricardo Forno, Diego Alvés Gouveia, Cristofer Jiménez, Eliane Gonçalves Larroza, Fábio Juliano da Silva Lopes, Elena Montilla-Rosero, Gregori de Arruda Moreira, Walker Morinobu Nakaema, Daniel Nisperuza, Dairo Alegria, Mauricio MúneraLidia Otero, Sebastián Papandrea, Juan Vicente Pallota, Ezequiel Pawelko, Eduardo Jaime Quel, Pablo Ristori, Patricia Ferrini Rodrigues, Jacobo Salvador, Maria Fernanda Sánchez, Antonieta Silva

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LALINET (Latin American Lidar Network), previously known as ALINE, is the first fully operative lidar network for aerosol research in South America, probing the atmosphere on regular basis since September 2013. The general purpose of this network is to attempt to fill the gap in the knowledge on aerosol vertical distribution over South America and its direct and indirect impact on weather and climate by the establishment of a vertically-resolved dataset of aerosol properties. Similarly to other lidar research networks, most of the LALINET instruments are not commercially produced and, consequently, configurations, capabilities and derived-products can be remarkably different among stations. It is a fact that such un-biased 4D dataset calls for a strict standardization from the instrumental and data processing point of view. This study has been envisaged to investigate the ongoing network configurations with the aim of highlighting the instrumental strengths and weaknesses of LALINET.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-120
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

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Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge EARLINET (European Aerosol Research Lidar Network) , AD-NET (Asian Dust Network) and ACTRIS-2 (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network , Grant agreement no. 654109 ) for their support and exchange of expertise. This work was funded by FAPESP (Fundação da Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) through the visiting professor Grant ref. 2013/21087-7 and projects 2011/14365-5 and 2008/58104-8 ; by the University of Granada through the contract “Plan Propio. Programa 9. Convocatoria 2013”; by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through projects CGL2010-18782, CSD2007-00067, CGL2011-13580-E/CLI and CGL2011-16124-E ; by the Andalusian Regional Government through projects P10-RNM-6299 and P12-RNM-2409 ; and by FONDECYT Project no. 11110126 for CUC station in Chile.

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  • Aerosol detection
  • Lidar
  • Networks
  • Remote sensing and sensors


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