Figure 7 gives an indication of the expected performance of the ATLID HSRL for retrieving aerosol extinction and backscatter profiles compared with a 532-nm CALIPSO-type retrieval.
8 of lidar ratio and particle linear depolarization ratio at the ATLID wavelength of 355 nm to distinguish between 1) smoke plumes or anthropogenic pollution; 2) spherical, nonabsorbing marine aerosol; and 3) dust and volcanic ash.
Cloud-top height retrieval is limited to infrared-window channels, but an improved estimate along the lidar track can be obtained via synergy with ATLID. Additionally synergistic analysis using CPR, ATLID, and MSI measurements have been developed using data from CloudSat, CALIOP, and MODIS (e.g., Nakajima et al.
Though ATLID's wavelength is different from CALIPSO's it is anticipated that EarthCARE will extend and refine the valuable record of global lidar aerosol measurements began by CALIPSO.