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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2019-432
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Submitted as: research article 02 Jan 2020

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First validation of Aeolus wind observations by airborne Doppler Wind Lidar measurements

Benjamin Witschas1, Christian Lemmerz1, Alexander Geiß2, Oliver Lux1, Uwe Marksteiner1, Stephan Rahm1, Oliver Reitebuch1, and Fabian Weiler1 Benjamin Witschas et al.
  • 1Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, 82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
  • 2Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Meteorologisches Institut, 80333 München, Germany

Abstract. Soon after the launch of Aeolus on 22 August 2018, the first ever wind lidar in space developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) has been providing profiles of the component of the wind vector along the instrument's line-of-sight (LOS) on a global scale. In order to validate the quality of Aeolus wind observations, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., DLR) recently performed two airborne campaigns over Central Europe deploying two different Doppler wind lidars (DWL) on-board the DLR Falcon aircraft. The first campaign – WindVal III – was conducted from 5 November 2018 until 5 December 2018 and thus, still within the commissioning phase of the Aeolus mission. The second campaign – AVATARE (Aeolus Validation Through Airborne Lidars in Europe) – was performed from 6 May 2019 until 6 June 2019. Both campaigns were flown out of the DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. All together, 10 satellite underflights with 19 flight legs covering more than 7500 km of Aeolus swaths were performed and used to validate the early stage wind data product of Aeolus by means of collocated airborne wind lidar observations for the first time. For both campaign data sets, the statistical comparison of Aeolus data and the data of the reference lidar (2-µm DWL) on-board the Falcon aircraft shows enhanced systematic and random errors compared with the bias and precision requirements defined for Aeolus. In particular, the systematic errors are determined to be 2.1 m/s (Rayleigh) and 2.3 m/s (Mie) for WindVal III and −4.6 m/s (Rayleigh) and −0.2 m/s (Mie) for AVATARE. The corresponding random errors are determined to be 4.0 m/s (Rayleigh) and 2.2 m/s (Mie) for WindVal III, and 4.4 m/s (Rayleigh) and 2.2 m/s (Mie) for AVATARE. Potential reasons for those errors are analyzed and discussed.

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Soon after the launch of Aeolus, the first ever wind lidar in space has been providing wind profiles on a global scale. In order to validate the quality of Aeolus wind observations, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) recently performed two airborne campaigns over Central Europe deploying two different Doppler wind lidars. 10 satellite underflights were performed and used to validate the early stage wind data product of Aeolus by means of collocated airborne wind lidar observations.
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