Atmosphere, Vol. 14, Pages 901: Remote Polar Boundary Layer Wind Profiling Using an All-Fiber Pulsed Coherent Doppler Lidar at Zhongshan Station, Antarctica

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Atmosphere, Vol. 14, Pages 901: Remote Polar Boundary Layer Wind Profiling Using an All-Fiber Pulsed Coherent Doppler Lidar at Zhongshan Station, Antarctica

Atmosphere doi: 10.3390/atmos14050901

Authors:
Hui Li
Zhangjun Wang
Quanfeng Zhuang
Rui Wang
Wentao Huang
Chao Chen
Xianxin Li
Xiufen Wang
Boyang Xue
Yang Yu
Xin Pan

A compact all-fiber pulsed coherent Doppler lidar (PCDL) for boundary layer wind measurement was developed by the Institute of Oceanographic Instrumentation, Qilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences). It has been deployed at Zhongshan Station (69.4° S, 76.4° E) during the 2020 austral summer season by the 36th Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition (CHINARE) and started routine observation in January 2020. This system, based on the 1550 nm all-fiber components, employs a 100 mm telescope with a long focal length of 632.6 mm to emit and collect laser pulses. It provides the ability to measure vertically resolved wind fields with a spatial resolution of 30 m and a temporal resolution of 1 min; the maximum detection range is up to 1.5 km in Antarctica. Wind speed and direction inversion methods were introduced subsequently. Preliminary measurement results of wind profiles indicate that this Doppler lidar can be operated successfully in Antarctica. The synchronous observations between the lidar, anemometer, and radiosondes at Zhongshan station are presented and have good consistency with each other. The comparison results between the lidar and anemometer indicate a root mean square deviation (RMSD) of 0.98 m s−1 and 10.55° for wind speed and direction, respectively. The lidar continuous observations of wind profiles provide an opportunity to study the spatiotemporal variation of Antarctic wind with high resolutions, which is useful for further understanding of the atmosphere in Antarctic regions.

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