Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 273–295, 2015

Special issue: Limb observations of the middle atmosphere by space- and airborne...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 273–295, 2015
Research article
12 Jan 2015
Research article | 12 Jan 2015

Global investigation of the Mg atom and ion layers using SCIAMACHY/Envisat observations between 70 and 150 km altitude and WACCM-Mg model results

M. P. Langowski et al.

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Global concentration fields of Mg and Mg+ in the Earth's upper mesosphere and lower thermosphere (70-150km) are presented. These are retrieved from SCIAMACHY/Envisat satellite grating spectrometer measurements in limb viewing geometry between 2008 and 2012. These were compared with WACCM-Mg model results and a large fraction of the available measurement results for these species, and an interpretation of the results is done. The variation of these species during NLC presence is discussed.
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