Continuous 1064/532 nm Lidar Measurements (CORALNet-UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia: Selected Results from a Year of Operation
in Atmosphere-ocean > Vol. 49 No.1 (March 2011) . - p.32-40
CORALNet-UBC was installed in April 2008 as a “proof of concept” and the first facility in a proposed cross-Canada network of similar lidars. Despite its location on the wet West Coast of Canada, data recovery ranged from a low of 45% of the total time in December, when heavy snowfall interrupted operations, to a high of 90% in July. The facility has been a spectacular success in terms of its operational characteristics (as measured by data recovery), the range of phenomena observed and the research that it has spawned. Examples are provided of the types of phenomena observed since its initial deployment. These include observations of boundary layer structure, cloud signatures, forest fire plumes and evidence of singular long-range pollutant and volcanic transport events. Observations from CORALNet-UBC complement data from other aerosol measurement initiatives in the region and provide a rich source of information that is relevant to researchers, operational forecasters and air quality managers. Future research will be directed at elucidating the processes and phenomena revealed by the instrument as well as developing new products that exploit the real-time forecasting and public advisory potential of the facility.
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