Articles | Volume 16, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15135–15146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-15135-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15135–15146, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-15135-2016
Research article
07 Dec 2016
Research article | 07 Dec 2016

Comparison of retrieved noctilucent cloud particle properties from Odin tomography scans and model simulations

Linda Megner et al.

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Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are ice clouds that form at the polar summer mesopause and are very sensitive to temperature. They may therefore provide a way to monitor this remote region as our atmosphere changes. We show that temperature variations in the mesosphere are crucial for the growth of ice particles and that average fields are not enough to describe the process of NLC development. The paper also emphasises the difficulties in retrieving ice particle properties from optical observations.
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