The lidar technique is in particular suited for the range-resolved observation of aerosol properties. The majority of the lidar systems that are run in our working group was developed and assembled at TROPOS. Also the data analysis tools are in general developed in our working group.
The lidar measurents provide information about the spatio-temporal distribution of the aerosol in the atmosphere. With the instrumentation available at TROPOS aerosol particles can be detected between approximately 100 m above ground up to stratospheric heights of 30 km. By means of optimized data analysis techniques the optical properties, the type, and the microphysical properties of the observed aerosol can be determined.