The Lidar Calibration Centre is set up by the collaboration of:
Lidar is not a “push button” device. Even if fully automatic, it requires supervision because its calibration may change with time and environmental conditions. The quality of the final data products depends crucially on the performance of the instrument, operator’s skills and experience, and data handling procedures.
Therefore, lidar calibration is a complex process, relying on the quantitative assessment of the instrument’s performance and its continuous control.
Depending on your needs, our laboratories can provide characterization of components, blocks and channels, debugging and optimization, intensive training and direct comparison with a reference system. The services are not restricted to research lidars. Commercial systems and ceilometers can also be evaluated, including parts and sub-systems. For the detailed description of each installation and services offered, please visit the individual pages from the menu at top.
Access is provided to one or more LiCal installations, based on your request and needs. You just have shortly describe the system to be calibrated and the problems identified / suspected. The User Selection Panel will grant you access to specific LiCal installation(s).
If you want to use LiCal services, please download the Access request form, fill in specific information and send it to the contact point.
The Lidar Calibration Centre is jointly operated by:
>> National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics (INOE)
>> Ludwig Maximilians University - Meteorological Institute (LMU)
>> Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis- National Research Council of Italy (CNR).
EARLINET is the European Aerosol Research LIdar NETwork, coordinating 27 research lidar stations in different configurations and designs. LiCal is responsible for the calibration and check-up of the systems.
ACTRIS is the Aerosol, Clouds and Trace gases Research infrastructure, a network of networks which integrates in situ and profiling instrumentation. LiCal is offering trans-national access to its calibration facilities.
The techniques and the methodologies used by LiCal are all emerged from EARLINET's scientific and technological activities. All are well documented, some are published in the scientific literature.
Mature techniques were picked up by LiCal and are now offered to the users as services, while research and technological development continues in collaboration with EARLINET and ACTRIS.
A list of the relevant publications can be found here.