Articles | Volume 18, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13393–13410, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13393-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13393–13410, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13393-2018

Research article 20 Sep 2018

Research article | 20 Sep 2018

An empirical model of nitric oxide in the upper mesosphere and lower thermosphere based on 12 years of Odin SMR measurements

Joonas Kiviranta et al.

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This paper investigates how the activity of the Sun affects the amount of nitric oxide (NO) in the upper atmosphere. If NO descends lower down in the atmosphere, it can destroy ozone. We analyze satellite measurements of NO to create a model that can simulate the amount of NO at any given time. This model can indeed simulate NO with reasonable accuracy and it can potentially be used as an input for a larger model of the atmosphere that attempts to explain how the Sun affects our atmosphere.
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