Full Name ATmospheric LIDar Status Approved
Instrument Agencies ESA Maturity
Instrument Type Lidars Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Atmospheric lidar Sampling Sounding
Data Access Open Access Data Format HDF5
Measurements and Applications Derivation of cloud and aerosol properties - Measurement of molecular and particle backscatter in Rayleigh, co-polar and cross-polar Mie channels.
Resolution Summary 300 m horizontal (TBC)
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Laser at 355 nm
UV (~0.01 µm - ~0.40 µm)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (column/profile)
Aerosol optical depth (column/profile)
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsCloud base height
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud liquid water (column/profile)
Precipitation Profile (liquid or solid)
Cloud ice (LT, HT, LS, HS&M, TC)
Cloud optical depth
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud top height
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Aerosols properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Cloud Properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
ESA Future Missions - ESA Future Missions (2008 - 2018)
EarthCARE - EarthCARE (2024 - 2027)