Doppler lidar measurements at Mace Head

Horizontal wind speed Wind from direction
combined 4, 15 and 75 degrees elevation
No Doppler lidar data available No Doppler lidar data available
75 degrees elevation
No Doppler lidar data available No Doppler lidar data available
15 degrees elevation
No Doppler lidar data available No Doppler lidar data available
4 degrees elevation
No Doppler lidar data available No Doppler lidar data available

The Doppler lidar at Mace Head is a WindCube 200S (manufacturer Leosphere). It emits at 1.54 µm and measures the intensity of backscattered light as well as the Doppler shift of the detected radiation. From the deviation of the detected wavelength from the emitted one, profiles of the radial wind can be determined. Subsequently, the radial wind is converted into profiles of the three wind components.

The horizontal wind speed and the wind direction are derived using a least squares fit of the radial wind during full conical scans (VAD). The goodness of the fit is influenced by clouds and wind velocity. This may cause gaps in the plots, where quality screening removed invalid fit results.

VAD scans at 4, 15 and 75 degrees elevation angle (86, 75, 15 degrees off-zenith, respectively), are performed every 15 minutes. Wind products of scans at 15 and 75 degrees elevation are combined at 300 m above ground level.

The wind measurements depend on the presence of scatterers in form of cloud droplets or aerosol particles. The lidar therefore is also suited for the detection of aerosol layers, like volcanic ash plumes. The WindCube is a scanning lidar and therefore does not only produce one vertical profile, but can also be used to monitor the horizontal distribution of aerosols and clouds.

The pictures shown here are updated every hour. Data are not quality assured.

Remote Sensing at Mace Head

The Remote Sensing Division of the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station is run by the Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS) at NUI Galway and supported by Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Remote Sensing at Mace Head also benefits from involvement in Cloudnet; European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace gases ACTRIS and ACTRIS-2 (grant agreement numbers 262254 and 654109); European FP7 collaborative project BACCHUS (Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding, grant agreement number 603445); and COST action ES1303: TOPROF (Towards operational ground based profiling with ceilometers, doppler lidars and microwave radiometers for improving weather forecasts) supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).