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Volume 30, issue 1
Ann. Geophys., 30, 27–32, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-30-27-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 30, 27–32, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-30-27-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

ANGEO Communicates 05 Jan 2012

ANGEO Communicates | 05 Jan 2012

A new method to derive middle atmospheric temperature profiles using a combination of Rayleigh lidar and O2 airglow temperatures measurements

A. Taori1, A. Jayaraman1, K. Raghunath1, and V. Kamalakar2 A. Taori et al.
  • 1National Amospheric Research Laboratory, Gadanki, 517 112, India
  • 2Dept. of Physics, S. V. University, Tirupati, 517 502, India

Abstract. The vertical temperature profiles in a typical Rayleigh lidar system depends on the backscatter photon counts and the CIRA-86 model inputs. For the first time, we show that, by making simultaneous measurements of Rayleigh lidar and upper mesospheric O2 temperatures, the lidar capability can be enhanced to obtain mesospheric temperature profile up to about 95 km altitudes. The obtained results are compared with instantaneous space-borne SABER measurements for a validation.

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