Practical issues

Place: DWD Richard-Aßmann-Observatorium at Lindenberg


  • There should be periods with ‘nice weather’ and periods with Saharan dust advection in the free troposphere
  • June-August 2015


  • If possible, there should be at least 2 instruments of every type in order to see instrument-to-instrument variability
  • All participating instruments shall provide their standard profiling data and all additional (e.g. housekeeping) data that are provided in standard output. Data shall be as ‘raw’ as possible.
  • Daily procedure:
    • All instruments send raw data to a data pool (to be provided by DWD)
    • DWD generates plots (quicklooks) according to the campaign goals
      • Time-height cross section of attenuated backscatter
      • Hourly profile comparison of attenuated backscatter profiles
      • Hourly profile comparison of signal-to-noise profiles
      • Daily comparison of cloud base heights
      • Probably house-keeping data
    • Plots are published daily (access restricted to participants)
    • Option for daily for discussion (e.g. webmeeting) of results and current meteorological situation -> generation of additional plots on request
  • About one month after end of campaign: SWG meeting to discuss results and prepare report/publication
  • A remote control of instruments from outside of DWD will not be realized

Data policy:

  • Measured profile and cloud data are processed (e.g., plotted and normalized) by DWD and provided together with ancillary data to all participants via password protected FTP server.
  • Finally, all results shall be published. All participants agree to publish their data with respect to the purpose of this campaign.
  • All participants remain the owner of the data delivered by their instrument. If data of the campaign shall be used and published for other studies, the data owners have to be asked for agreement and co-authorship shall be offered


The definition of variables and terms used on this webpage refers to the glossary of E-PROFILE.

Instrument details:

near radiation building at wind profiler site
site details:
Location nb. Instrument name Instrument ID Instrument type Institution lat/lon altitude [m asl]
1 CHM140101 140101 CHM 15k Nimbus MOL-RAO 52.208694 / 14.1225 115
2 CHX080082 080082 CHX 15k Nimbus MOL-RAO 52.208583 / 14.122083 120
3 CL51RAO 124350003 CL51 MOL-RAO 52.208583 / 14.122083 120
4 CL31RAO 124350004 CL31 MOL-RAO 52.208583 / 14.122083 120
5 LD40_002 002 LD40 MOL-RAO 52.208583 / 14.122083 120
6 CHXLMU 090103 CHX 15k Nimbus LMU 52.208667 / 14.121583 126
7 CL51CG 141530001 CL51 CG 52.208639 / 14.122694 115
8 CS2 167484 CS135 CS 52.208639 / 14.122694 115
9 RALPH   PollyXT MOHP 52.208861 / 14.121889 118
10 CS1 167483 CS135 CS 52.208639 / 14.122944 115
11 CL31RUB 134550001 CL31 RUB 52.208639 / 14.123139 115
12 CHM100110 100110 CHM 15k Nimbus MOL-RAO 52.209393 / 14.128442 101
13 LD40_003 003 LD40 MOL-RAO 52.208557 / 14.122033 101

Ceilometer locations at MOL/RAO. The CHM140101 is located between the yellow containers

CHM100110 and LD40 on the profiler site

Instrument paramters and firmware versions:

We test different firmware versions and firmware parameter settings. The corresponding time table shows that we organize changes of these settings in a way which ensures comparision between instruments with same settings and comparisons between different parameter settings.