EARLINET Calipso 2000-2015


The EARLINET publishing group 2000-2015 et al.

Since the beginning of CALIPSO observations in June 2006 EARLINET has
performed correlative measurements during nearby overpasses of the satellite at
individual stations following a dedicated observational strategy. The EARLINET-CALIPSO
correlative measurement plan considers the criteria established in the CALIPSO
validation plan (http://calipsovalidation.hamptonu.edu). Participating EARLINET
stations perform measurements, as close in time as possible and for a period of at
least 30 min up to several hours, when CALIPSO overpasses their location within a
horizontal radius of 100 km. Within the 16-day observational cycle of CALIPSO each
station is overpassed within this distance 1-2 times during daytime (typically
between 1100 and 1400 UTC) and 1-2 times during night time (typically between 0000
and 0300 UTC). Additional measurements are performed, mainly on a non-regular basis,
when CALIPSO overpasses a neighboring station in order to study the horizontal
variability of the aerosol distribution. The time schedule for correlative observations
is calculated starting from the high-resolution ground-track data provided by NASA,
and is updated and distributed to whole network weekly.

The EARLINET-CALIPSO correlative dataset represents a statistically significant data
set to be used for the validation and full exploitation of the CALIPSO mission, for
studying the representativeness of cross sections along an orbit against network
observations on a continental scale, and for supporting the continuous, harmonized
observation of aerosol and clouds with remote-sensing techniques from space over long
time periods.
EARLINET (A European Aerosol Research Lidar Network to Establish an Aerosol Climatology)
Lucia Mona (
EARLINET Stations (2000-2015): Longitude -8 to 35 Latitude 34 to 70
Spatial Coverage
Longitude -8 to 35 Latitude 34 to 70
Temporal Coverage
2000-04-01 to 2015-12-31 (calendrical)
Use constraints
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Data Catalog
World Data Center for Climate
90.96 MiB (95375360 Byte)
completely archived
Creation Date
Future Review Date
Cite as
The EARLINET publishing group 2000-2015; Acheson, Karen; Adam, Mariana; Alados-Arboledas, Lucas; Althausen, Dietrich; Amato, Francesco; Amiridis, Vassilis; Amodeo, Aldo; Ansmann, Albert; Apituley, Arnoud; Arshinov, Yuri; Baars, Holger; Balis, Dimitris; Barragán, Rubén; Batet, Oscar; Belegante, Livio; Binietoglou, Ioannis; Bobrovnikov, Sergey; Bohlmann, Stephanie; Bortoli, Daniele; Boselli, Antonella; Bösenberg, Jens; Bravo-Aranda, Juan Antonio; Burlizzi, Pasquale; Carstea, Emil; Chaikovsky, Anatoly; Claramunt, PilarGumà; Comerón, Adolfo; D'Amico, Giuseppe; Daou, David; de Graaf, Martin; De Tomasi, Ferdinando; Deleva, Atanaska; Dreischuh, Tanja; Engelmann, Ronny; Filioglou, Maria; Finger, Fanny; Freudenthaler, Volker; Freville, Patrick; Fernandez García, Alfonso Javier; Garcia-Vizcaino, David; Gausa, Michael; Geiß, Alexander; Giannakaki, Elina; Giehl, Helmuth; Giunta, Aldo; Granados-Muñoz, Maria José; Grein, Matthias; Grigorov, Ivan; Groß, Silke; Gruening, Carsten; Guerrero-Rascado, Juan Luis; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos; Haefele, Alexander; Haeffelin, Martial; Hanssen, Ingrid; Hayek, Theresa; Iarlori, Marco; Kanitz, Thomas; Kokkalis, Panayotis; Komppula, Mika; Kumar, Dhiraj; Lange, Diego; Linné, Holger; Lopez, Miguel Angel; Madonna, Fabio; Mamouri, Rodanthi-Elisavet; Martucci, Giovanni; Matthias, Volker; Mattis, Ina; Molero Menéndez, Francisco; Mitev, Valentin; Mona, Lucia; Montoux, Nadege; Morille, Yohann; Müller, Anja; Müller, Detlef; Muñoz-Porcar, Constantino; Mylonaki, Maria; Navas-Guzmán, Francisco; Nemuc, Anca; Nicolae, Doina; Pandolfi, Marco; Papagiannopoulos, Nikolaos; Papayannis, Alex; Pappalardo, Gelsomina; Perrone, Maria Rita; Peshev, Zahari; Pietras, Christophe; Pietruczuk, Aleksander; Pisani, Gianluca; Potma, Charlos; Preißler, Jana; Pujadas, Manuel; Putaud, Jean Philippe; Radu, Cristian; Ravetta, Francois; Reba, Mohd Nadzri Md; Reigert, Andrew; Rizi, Vincenzo; Rocadenbosch, Francesc; Rodríguez-Gómez, Alejandro; Rosoldi, Marco; Ruth, Albert A.; Sauvage, Laurent; Schmidt, Jörg; Schnell, Franziska; Schwarz, Anja; Seifert, Patric; Serikov, Ilya; Sicard, Michaël; Silva, Ana Maria; Simeonov, Valentin; Siomos, Nikolaos; Sirch, Tobias; Spinelli, Nicola; Stachlewska, Iwona S.; Stoyanov, Dimitar; Szczepanik, Dominika; Talianu, Camelia; Tesche, Matthias; Tomás, Sergio; Trickl, Thomas; Volten, Hester; Voudouri, Kalliopi-Artemis; Wagner, Frank; Wandinger, Ulla; Wang, Xuan; Wiegner, Matthias; Wilson, Keith M. (2018). EARLINET Calipso 2000-2015. World Data Center for Climate (WDCC) at DKRZ. https://doi.org/10.1594/WDCC/EARLINET_Calipso_2000-2015

[Entry acronym: EARLINET_Calipso_2000-2015] [Entry id: 3624484]
Accuracy report
The new EARLINET volumes contains respect to the old ones an update in terms of temporal coverage extending now until 2015, but more important the new volumes are updating also the old data content in terms of quality control of the data.
In particular, respect to the quality assurance procedures including instrument intercomparisons, intercomparison of the retrieval algorithms and some ad hoc tools for the continuous quality check of the instruments and algorithms, quality control procedures are run on the EARLINET database since February 2017. The current EARLINET data volumes include the results of the QC procedures on all the files reported into the EARLINET database since its beginning, updating the old EARLINET volumes publishing on CERA.
Automatic QC procedures checking the compliance of the data to specific technical aspects run on fly during the data submission phase. Off-line quality control procedures run systematically every 3 months on the whole database for further controls, mainly about the content of the data in terms of aerosol optical properties.
Each file contains information about the compliance of the file itself with specific quality control procedures established within the network. First of all, each file is labelled as compliant to: all the QCs, only the technical QCs, neither physical and technical implemented QC procedures. The precise information about the compliance/not compliance to each specific QC tests is reported in additional variables for technical and physical quality control procedures. A full documentation describing the quality control procedure is reported at the EARLINET website https://www.earlinet.org/index.php?id=125
The instruments and the algorithms used within the network have been intercompared and assessed. Relevant publications are reported in the references.
SQA - Scientific Quality Assurance 'approved by author’' 2018-10-24; TQA - Technical Quality Assurance 'approved by WDCC' 2018-10-23
Completeness report
According to agreements dummy files (nc.zip) were created and inserted in the database if data from timesteps were not delivered.
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Technical Quality Assurance: The number of data sets is checked and not equal 0[ done ]
Technical Quality Assurance: The size of every data set is not equal 0[ done ]
Technical Quality Assurance: The data sets and corresponding metadata are all accessible via internet[ done ]
Technical Quality Assurance: The data size is checked and correct[ done ]
Technical Quality Assurance: The format is verified and correct[ done ]
Technical Quality Assurance: The time description (metadata) and data are consistent[ done ]
Technical Quality Assurance: The variable description and data are consistent[ done ]
Contact typePersonInstitute
ContactLucia MonaConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorGroup: The EARLINET publishing group 2000-2015
AuthorKaren AchesonPhysics Department and Environmental Research Institute
AuthorMariana AdamJoint Research Centre
AuthorLucas Alados-ArboledasUniversity of Granada
AuthorDietrich AlthausenLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorFrancesco S. AmatoConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorVassilis AmiridisAristotle University of Thessaloniki
AuthorAldo AmodeoConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorAlbert AnsmannLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorArnoud ApituleyRoyal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
AuthorYuri ArshinovLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorHolger BaarsLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorDimitris BalisAristotle University of Thessaloniki
AuthorRubén BarragánUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorOscar BatetUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorLivio BeleganteNational Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics
AuthorIoannis BinietoglouConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorSergey BobrovnikovLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorStephanie BohlmannLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorDaniele BortoliCentro de Geofisica de Evora
AuthorAntonella BoselliConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorJens BösenbergMax-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie
AuthorJuan Antonio Bravo-ArandaUniversity of Granada
AuthorPasquale BurlizziUniversità del Salento
AuthorEmil CarsteaNational Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics
AuthorAnatoly ChaikovskyInstitute of Physics National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
AuthorPilar Gumà ClaramuntConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorAdolfo ComerónUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorGiuseppe D'AmicoConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorDavid DaouJoint Research Centre
AuthorMartin de GraafRoyal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
AuthorFerdinando De TomasiUniversità del Salento
AuthorAtanaska DelevaInstitute of Electronics
AuthorTanja DreischuhInstitute of Electronics
AuthorRonny EngelmannLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorMaria FilioglouFinnish Meteorological Institute
AuthorFanny FingerLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorVolker FreudenthalerLudwig­-Maximilians­-Universität
AuthorPatrick FrevilleLaMP-CNRS
AuthorAlfonso Javier Fernandez GarcíaCentro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
AuthorDavid Garcia-VizcainoUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorMichael GausaAndøya Rocket Range
AuthorAlexander GeißLudwig-Maximilian-University Munich
AuthorElina GiannakakiAristotle University of Thessaloniki
AuthorHelmuth GiehlKarlsruher Institut für Technologie
AuthorAldo GiuntaConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorMaria José Granados-MuñozUniversity of Granada
AuthorMatthias GreinLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorIvan GrigorovInstitute of Electronics
AuthorSilke GroßLudwig-Maximilian-University Munich
AuthorCarsten GrueningJoint Research Centre
AuthorJuan Luis Guerrero-RascadoUniversity of Granada
AuthorDiofantos HadjimitsisCyprus University of Technology
AuthorAlexander HaefeleFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss
AuthorMartial HaeffelinCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique
AuthorIngrid HanssenAndøya Rocket Range
AuthorTheresa HayekLudwig-Maximilian-University Munich
AuthorMarco IarloriCETEMPS/DSFC Universita Degli Studi dell'Aquila
AuthorThomas KanitzLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorPanayotis KokkalisEthnikon Metsovion Polytechnion Athinon
AuthorMika KomppulaFinnish Meteorological Institute
AuthorDhiraj KumarUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorDiego LangeUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorHolger LinnéMax-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie
AuthorMiguel Angel LopezUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorFabio MadonnaConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorRodanthi-Elisavet MamouriCyprus University of Technology
AuthorGiovanni MartucciFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss
AuthorVolker MatthiasMax-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie
AuthorIna MattisLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorFrancisco Molero MenéndezCentro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
AuthorValentin MitevCentre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique
AuthorLucia MonaConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorNadege MontouxLaMP-CNRS
AuthorYohann MorilleCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique
AuthorAnja MüllerLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorDetlef MüllerLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorConstantino Muñoz-PorcarUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorMaria MylonakiEthnikon Metsovion Polytechnion Athinon
AuthorFrancisco Navas-GuzmánUniversity of Granada
AuthorAnca NemucNational Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics
AuthorDoina NicolaeNational Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics
AuthorMarco PandolfiConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorNikolaos PapagiannopoulosConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorAlex PapayannisEthnikon Metsovion Polytechnion Athinon
AuthorGelsomina PappalardoConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorMaria Rita PerroneUniversità del Salento
AuthorZahari PeshevInstitute of Electronics
AuthorChristophe PietrasCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique
AuthorAleksander PietruczukInstitute of Geophysics
AuthorGianluca PisaniConsorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze fisiche della Materia
AuthorCharlos PotmaRoyal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
AuthorJana PreißlerLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorManuel PujadasCentro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
AuthorJean Philippe PutaudJoint Research Centre
AuthorCristian RaduNational Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics
AuthorFrancois RavettaInstitut Pierre-Simon Laplace / Centre National de Recherche Scientifique
AuthorMohd Nadzri Md RebaUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorAndrew ReigertLudwig-Maximilian-University Munich
AuthorVincenzo RiziCETEMPS/DSFC Universita Degli Studi dell'Aquila
AuthorFrancesc RocadenboschUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorAlejandro Rodríguez-GómezUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorMarco RosoldiConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
AuthorAlbert A. RuthPhysics Department and Environmental Research Institute
AuthorLaurent SauvageInstitut Pierre-Simon Laplace / Centre National de Recherche Scientifique
AuthorJörg SchmidtLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorFranziska SchnellLudwig-Maximilian-University Munich
AuthorAnja SchwarzLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorPatric SeifertLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorIlya SerikovLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorMichaël SicardUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorAna Maria SilvaCentro de Geofisica de Evora
AuthorValentin SimeonovObservatoire Jungfraujoch
AuthorNikolaos SiomosAristotle University of Thessaloniki
AuthorTobias SirchLudwig-Maximilian-University Munich
AuthorNicola SpinelliConsorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze fisiche della Materia
AuthorIwona S. StachlewskaUniversity of Warsaw
AuthorDimitar StoyanovInstitute of Electronics
AuthorDominika SzczepanikUniversity of Warsaw
AuthorCamelia TalianuNational Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics
AuthorMatthias TescheLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorSergio TomásUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya
AuthorThomas TricklKarlsruher Institut für Technologie
AuthorHester VoltenRoyal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
AuthorKalliopi-Artemis VoudouriAristotle University of Thessaloniki
AuthorFrank WagnerCentro de Geofisica de Evora
AuthorUlla WandingerLeibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
AuthorXuan WangConsorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze fisiche della Materia
AuthorMatthias WiegnerLudwig-Maximilian-University Munich
AuthorKeith M. WilsonRoyal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
investigatorGelsomina PappalardoConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
metadataLucia MonaConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

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[1] DOI Pappalardo, G.; Amodeo, A.; Apituley, A.; Comeron, A.; Freudenthaler, V.; Linné, H.; Ansmann, A.; Bösenberg, J.; D'Amico, G.; Mattis, I.; Mona, L.; Wandinger, U.; Amiridis, V.; Alados-Arboledas, L.; Nicolae, D.; Wiegner, M. (2014). EARLINET: towards an advanced sustainable European aerosol lidar network. doi:10.5194/amt-7-2389-2014
[2] DOI Wandinger, Ulla; Freudenthaler, Volker; Baars, Holger; Amodeo, Aldo; Engelmann, Ronny; Mattis, Ina; Groß, Silke; Pappalardo, Gelsomina; Giunta, Aldo; D'Amico, Giuseppe; Chaikovsky, Anatoli; Osipenko, Fiodor; Slesar, Alexander; Nicolae, Doina; Belegante, Livio; Talianu, Camelia; Serikov, Ilya; Linné, Holger; Jansen, Friedhelm; Apituley, Arnoud; Wilson, Keith M.; de Graaf, Martin; Trickl, Thomas; Giehl, Helmut; Adam, Mariana; Comerón, Adolfo; Muñoz-Porcar, Constantino; Rocadenbosch, Francesc; Sicard, Michaël; Tomás, Sergio; Lange, Diego; Kumar, Dhiraj; Pujadas, Manuel; Molero, Francisco; Fernández, Alfonso J.; Alados-Arboledas, Lucas; Bravo-Aranda, Juan Antonio; Navas-Guzmán, Francisco; Guerrero-Rascado, Juan Luis; Granados-Muñoz, María José; Preißler, Jana; Wagner, Frank; Gausa, Michael; Grigorov, Ivan; Stoyanov, Dimitar; Iarlori, Marco; Rizi, Vincenco; Spinelli, Nicola; Boselli, Antonella; Wang, Xuan; Lo Feudo, Teresa; Perrone, Maria Rita; De Tomasi, Ferdinando; Burlizzi, Pasquale. (2016). EARLINET instrument intercomparison campaigns: overview on strategy and results. doi:10.5194/amt-9-1001-2016
[3] DOI Freudenthaler, Volker. (2016). About the effects of polarising optics on lidar signals and the Δ90 calibration. doi:10.5194/amt-9-4181-2016
[4] DOI Pappalardo, Gelsomina; Amodeo, Aldo; Pandolfi, Marco; Wandinger, Ulla; Ansmann, Albert; Bösenberg, Jens; Matthias, Volker; Amiridis, Vassilis; De Tomasi, Ferdinando; Frioud, Max; Iarlori, Marco; Komguem, Leonce; Papayannis, Alexandros; Rocadenbosch, Francesc; Wang, Xuan. (2004). Aerosol lidar intercomparison in the framework of the EARLINET project 3 Raman lidar algorithm for aerosol extinction, backscatter, and lidar ratio. doi:10.1364/AO.43.005370
[5] DOI Böckmann, Christine; Wandinger, Ulla; Ansmann, Albert; Bösenberg, Jens; Amiridis, Vassilis; Boselli, Antonella; Delaval, Arnaud; De Tomasi, Ferdinando; Frioud, Max; Grigorov, Ivan Videnov; Hågård, Arne; Horvat, Matej; Iarlori, Marco; Komguem, Leonce; Kreipl, Stephan; Larchevêque, Gilles; Matthias, Volker; Papayannis, Alexandros; Pappalardo, Gelsomina; Rocadenbosch, Francesc; Rodrigues, José António; Schneider, Johannes; Shcherbakov, Valery; Wiegner, Matthias. (2004). Aerosol lidar intercomparison in the framework of the EARLINET project 2 Aerosol backscatter algorithms. doi:10.1364/AO.43.000977
[6] DOI Pappalardo, G.; Amodeo, A.; Apituley, A.; Comeron, A.; Freudenthaler, V.; Linné, H.; Ansmann, A.; Bösenberg, J.; D'Amico, G.; Mattis, I.; Mona, L.; Wandinger, U.; Amiridis, V.; Alados-Arboledas, L.; Nicolae, D.; Wiegner, M. (2014). EARLINET: towards an advanced sustainable European aerosol lidar network. doi:10.5194/amtd-7-2929-2014
[7] DOI Wandinger, U.; Freudenthaler, V.; Baars, H.; Amodeo, A.; Engelmann, R.; Mattis, I.; Groß, S.; Pappalardo, G.; Giunta, A.; D'Amico, G.; Chaikovsky, A.; Osipenko, F.; Slesar, A.; Nicolae, D.; Belegante, L.; Talianu, C.; Serikov, I.; Linné, H.; Jansen, F.; Apituley, A.; Wilson, K. M.; de Graaf, M.; Trickl, T.; Giehl, H.; Adam, M.; Comerón, A.; Muñoz, C.; Rocadenbosch, F.; Sicard, M.; Tomás, S.; Lange, D.; Kumar, D.; Pujadas, M.; Molero, F.; Fernández, A. J.; Alados-Arboledas, L.; Bravo-Aranda, J. A.; Navas-Guzmán, F.; Guerrero-Rascado, J. L.; Granados-Muñoz, M. J.; Preißler, J.; Wagner, F.; Gausa, M.; Grigorov, I.; Stoyanov, D.; Iarlori, M.; Rizi, V.; Spinelli, N.; Boselli, A.; Wang, X.; Lo Feudo, T.; Perrone, M. R.; De Tomasi, F.; Burlizzi, P. (2015). EARLINET instrument intercomparison campaigns: overview on strategy and results. doi:10.5194/amtd-8-10473-2015
[8] DOI Freudenthaler, Volker. (2016). About the effects of polarising optics on lidar signals and the Δ90-calibration. doi:10.5194/amt-2015-338

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