EGU2020-13353, updated on 19 Jan 2021
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Lidar measurement of cirrus at Palau Island (7°N 134°E)

Francesco Cairo1, Marcel Snels1, Andrea Scoccione1,2, Mauro De Muro1,3, Luca Di Liberto1, Stefano Ghisu4, Ajil Kottayl5, Bernard Legras6, and Silvia Bucci6
Francesco Cairo et al.
  • 1CNR-ISAC, Earth Observations, Roma, Italy (
  • 2COM-AM, Roma, Italy
  • 3AIT Thales Alenia Space, Roma, Italy
  • 4UniTorVergata, Roma, Italy
  • 5CUSAT, Cochim, India
  • 6LMD-CNRS, Paris, France

Lidar measurement of cirrus at Palau Island (7°N 134°E)

Francesco Cairo [1], Marcel Snels [1], Andrea Scoccione [1,2], Mauro De Muro [1,3], Luca Di Liberto [1], Stefano Ghisu [4], Ajil Kottayl [5], Bernard Legras [6], Silvia Bucci [6].

[1] Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, ISAC-CNR, Rome, Italy

[2] Now at: Centro Operativo per la Meteorologia, Aeronautica Militare, Pomezia, Italy

[3] Now at: AIT Thales Alenia Space, Roma, Italy

[4] Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Dipartimento di Fisica, Roma, Italy

[5] Cochin University of Science and Technology, CUSAT, Cochin, India

[6] Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, LMD-CNRS, Paris, France

A polarization diversity elastic backscatter lidar has been deployed in the equatorial island of Palau in Feb- Mar 2016. The system operated unattended in the Atmospheric Observatory of Palau Island, from 15 February to 25 March 2016, working automatically 8 hrs per night, delivering 3650 atmospheric profiles (5 min average). Each profile extends from 1 to 30 km height. Here the dataset is presented and discussed in terms of the temperature structure of the UTLS, as derived from co-located PTU soundings. During the timeframe of the campaign it was found that the main convective outflows peaks roughly 3 km below the Cold Point Tropopause, its occurrence associated with cold anomalies in the upper troposphere (UT). When warm UT anomalies occur, presence of particles is restricted to a 5 km wide layer centered 5 km below the CPT. Particles have been detected also slightly above the CPT. These particles are depolarizing, with depolarization values generally lower than those encountered in the TTL. Results show a correlation between presence of optically detectable particles and cold anomalies above the Cold Point. A backtrajectory analysis coupled with satellite observation of convective activity was performed, in order to link the presence of cirrus with their convective origin and inferred lifetime, or possibly with in-situ formation processes. 

How to cite: Cairo, F., Snels, M., Scoccione, A., De Muro, M., Di Liberto, L., Ghisu, S., Kottayl, A., Legras, B., and Bucci, S.: Lidar measurement of cirrus at Palau Island (7°N 134°E), EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-13353,, 2020


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