2013 Workshop:optical calibration and data analysis

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Calibration and analysis techniques for passive optical and lidar observations

Location, Date/Time and Duration

4 hours Monday June 24 (0130-0330 and 0400-0600) in the Century section of the Ballroom at the Millennium Hotel


S. Nossal
J. Baumgardner

Workshop Categories

Altitudes: IT - Latitudes: global - Inst/Model: optical - Other: MLT

Format of the Workshop

Short Presentations

Estimated attendance

30-45 people, including ~1/3 of whom are students

Requested Specific Days

If possible, we would prefer that this workshop not conflict with other workshops addressing optical observations.and with sessions on climate and long term trends.

Special technology requests


Accurate calibration, analysis, and error assessment provide the foundation for data that can be used to address a range of CEDAR strategic science topics, including coupling in the interaction region between the Earth’s atmosphere and the near space environment, lower-upper atmospheric coupling, Sun-Earth interactions, investigation of atmospheric dynamics through combination of observations such as wind measurements, and long-timeline observations.


Accurate calibration is important for inter-comparison of observations, data/model comparisons, and long-term investigations. We invite discussion on a broad range of topics relating to passive optical and lidar observations and their analysis, including absolute and relative intensity calibration, wavelength calibration, spatial scale determination, error analysis, correction for scattering within the lower atmosphere, isolation of atmospheric lines of interest, flat field techniques, and data reduction techniques that can be used to extract meaningful information from low signal-to-noise data. In addition to reporting progress on calibration and analysis techniques, this workshop provides an opportunity to discuss challenges and questions in order to gain feedback from other workshop participants. We encourage hands-on demonstrations.

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