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LIDAR vertical profiles of stratospheric aerosol in Antarctica by IFA/CNR from 1990 to 1992 at McMurdo Base

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Abstract: The LIDAR experiment was installed at McMurdo station
(Antarctica) in August 1990 to investigate the presence
of Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSCs) in the stratosphere.
With a telescope of 41.5 cm of diameter, a laser power
higher than 100 mJ and 2 acquisition channels (main and
cross polarization) it is able to give informations on
the atmospheric aerosol load and on the optical properties
of the PSCs particles.
The data set covers the end-spring season in 1990, 91, 92
and the entire winter and spring season in the succesive
years, with a measurement of 10 minutes every 2 days on
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -78.0   S: -78.0   E: 167.0   W: 167.0
Min Altitude: 7 KM Max Altitude: 30 KM

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1990-08-27
Stop Date: 1992-10-09
Data Resolution
Vertical Resolution: 75 m
Temporal Resolution: 5 minutes
Quality The data set has been compared with other instruments
and has resulted in multiple publications.
Access Constraints Data available to the general public after 6 year.
Use Constraints Data may be used only for scientific purpose.
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Originating Center
Data Center
Institute of Research on Electromagnetic Waves, Italian National Research Programme, Italy Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +39 55 42351
Fax: +39 55 410893
Email: sacco at
Contact Address:
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto di Ricerca sulle Onde Elettromagnetiche (CNR/IROE)
Via Panciatichi 64
City: Firenze
Postal Code: 50127
Country: ITALY
Phone: +39 6 94186273
Fax: +39 6 94186266
Email: alberto at
Contact Address:
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto di Fisica dell'Atmosfera
Via del Fosso del Cavaliere
City: Roma
Postal Code: 00133
Country: ITALY
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27

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