PollyNET - a network of multiwavelength polarization Raman lidars

Dietrich Althausen, Ronny Engelmann, Holger Baars, Birgit Heese, Thomas Kanitz, M. Komppula, Eleni Giannakaki, Anne Pfuller, Ana Maria Silva, Jana Preiler, Frank Wagner, Juan Luis Rascado, Sergio Pereira, Jae Hyun Lim, Joon Young Ahn, Matthias Tesche, Iwona S. Stachlewska

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    PollyNET is a growing global network of automatized multiwavelength polarization Raman lidars of type Polly (Althausen et al., 2009). The goal of this network is to conduct advanced remote measurements of aerosol profiles and clouds by the same type of instrument. Since 2006 this network assists the controlling and adjustment activities of Polly systems. A central facility receives the data from the Polly measurements. The observational data are displayed in terms of quicklooks at http://polly:tropos. de in near real time. In this way, the network serves as a central information platform for inquisitive scientists. PollyNET comprises permanent stations at Leipzig (Germany), Kuopio (Finland), Evora (Portugal), Baengnyeong Island (South Korea), Stockholm (Sweden), and Warsaw (Poland). Non-permanent stations have been used during several field experiments under both urban and very remote conditions - like the Amazon rainforest. These non-permanent stations were lasting from several weeks up to one year and have been located in Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Chile, and also aboard the German research vessels Polarstern and Meteor across the Atlantic. Within PollyNET the interaction and knowledge exchange is encouraged between the Polly operators. This includes maintenance support in system calibration procedures and distribution of latest hardware and software improvements. This presentation introduces the PollyNET. Main features of the Polly systems will be presented as well as recent instrumental developments. Some measurement highlights achieved within PollyNET are depicted.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLidar Technologies, Techniques and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing IX
    ISBN (Print)9780819497628
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2013
    EventLidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing IX - Dresden, Germany
    Duration: 23 Sept 201324 Sept 2013

    Publication series

    NameProcs SPIE


    ConferenceLidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing IX


    • Aerosol
    • Aerosol lidar
    • Lidar network
    • Polarization lidar
    • Polly
    • Raman lidar


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