DEMONSTRATED AEOLUS BENEFITS IN ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Michael Rennie, Ad Stoffelen, Sergey Khaykin, Scott Osprey, Corwin Wright, Tim Banyard, Anne Grete Straume, Oliver Reitebuch, Isabell Krisch, Tommaso Parrinello, Jonas Von Bismarck, Denny Wernham

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Abstract

We highlight some of the scientific benefits of the Aeolus Doppler Wind Lidar mission since its launch in August 2018. Its scientific objectives are to improve weather forecasts and to advance the understanding of atmospheric dynamics and its interaction with the atmospheric energy and water cycle. A number of meteorological and science institutes across the world are starting to demonstrate that the Aeolus mission objectives are being met. Its wind product is being operationally assimilated by four Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) centres, thanks to demonstrated useful positive impact on NWP analyses and forecasts. Applications of its atmospheric optical properties product have been found, e.g., in the detection and tracking of smoke from the extreme Australian wildfires of 2020 and in atmospheric composition data assimilation. The winds are finding novel applications in atmospheric dynamics research, such as tropical phenomena (Quasi-Biennial Oscillation disruption events), detection of atmospheric gravity waves, and in the smoke generated vortex associated with the Australian wildfires. It has been applied in the assessment of other types of satellite derived wind information such as atmospheric motions vectors. Aeolus is already successful with hopefully more to come.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS
Place of PublicationU. S. A.
PublisherIEEE
Pages763-766
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665403696
ISBN (Print)9781665447621
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2021 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 12 Jul 202116 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE International GeoScience and Remote Sensing Symposium
PublisherIEEE
Volume2021
ISSN (Print)2153-6996
ISSN (Electronic)2153-7003

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2021
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period12/07/2116/07/21

Keywords

  • Aeolus
  • atmospheric dynamics
  • DWL
  • NWP
  • optical properties
  • winds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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