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The micropulse lidar (MPL) is a ground-based, optical, remote-sensing system designed primarily to determine the altitude of clouds; however, it is also used for detection of atmospheric aerosols. The physical principle is the same as for radar. Pulses of energy are transmitted into the atmosphere; the energy scattered back to the transceiver is collected and measured as a time-resolved signal, thereby detecting clouds and aerosols in real time.

From the time delay between each outgoing pulse and the backscattered signal, the distance to the scatterer is inferred. Post-processing of the lidar return characterizes the extent and properties of aerosols or other particles in a region.

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2022

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Liu B, X Ma, Y Ma, H Li, S Jin, R Fan, and W Gong. 2022. "The relationship between atmospheric boundary layer and temperature inversion layer and their aerosol capture capabilities." Atmospheric Research, 271, 106121, 10.1016/j.atmosres.2022.106121.

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