Atmospheric turbulence activity in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT) region is determined from narrowband Na lidar measurements obtained over 27 nights between 85-105 km altitude at the Andes Lidar Observatory (ALO) in Cerro Pachón, Chile (30.3ºS, 70.7ºW). Photocount perturbations in the applicable spectral subrange are used as a tracer of turbulence activity. Mean altitude profiles reveal a log-scale linear increase in turbulence perturbation amplitude above 95 km. The observed trend is compared against global mean constituent transport profiles derived from SABER and SCIAMACHY satellite borne measurements.
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NSF grants AGS12-42895, AGS 11-10334, AGS-1115249
Scholarly Commons Citation
Philbrick, C. P., Swenson, G. R., Vargas, F. A., & Liu, A. Z. Turbulence and Overturning Gravity Wave Effects Deduced from Mesospheric Na Density Between 100-105 Km at Andes Lidar Observatory, Chile.