LANZHOU (Xinhua) After over three year’s hard work, China’s Lanzhou University and University of Peshawar in Pakistan have successfully built a lidar station in this August. Located in University of Peshawar and designed for accurate forecasting of extreme weather events, the station aims at collecting basic data about air pollution, dust aerosol, and meteorological factors.
Lanzhou University has taken the lead in establishing a ground-based integrated observation network, which is based on self-developed multi-wavelength Raman-polarization lidar and other observation methods such as microwave radiometer, in northwest China, for conducting long-term continuous observation studies on atmospheric clouds and aerosols. Researchers from Lanzhou University started to construct the Belt and Road Lidar Network in 2018. The network is to carry out continuous climate observation including atmospheric clouds, aerosols, temperature, humidity and moisture and conduct in-depth studies on climate change, air pollution, sandstorms and extreme weather. With these valuable information and research, the early warning of extreme weather could be provided more reliably.
Both sides started construction of the station under the framework of the Belt and Road Lidar Network in 2018, and made a decision on the site location in 2020. Last year, important equipment and instruments including Raman-polarization lidar and sun photometer successively transported to University of Peshawar.