Articles | Volume 18, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16051–16061, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-16051-2018

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16051–16061, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-16051-2018

Research article 08 Nov 2018

Research article | 08 Nov 2018

Solar and lunar tides in noctilucent clouds as determined by ground-based lidar

Jens Fiedler and Gerd Baumgarten

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Ice particles of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are used as a tracer to investigate tidal signatures in the altitude range from 80 to 90 km. For the first time solar and lunar tidal parameters in NLCs were determined simultaneously from the same data set. Solar variations are dominated by diurnal and semidiurnal tidal components. For NLC occurrence the lunar semidiurnal amplitude is approx. 50 % of the solar semidiurnal amplitude. Phases of solar components indicate upward propagating tides.
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