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Research article
15 Jan 2021
Research article |  | 15 Jan 2021

On the best locations for ground-based polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) observations

Matthias Tesche, Peggy Achtert, and Michael C. Pitts

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Cited articles

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We combine spaceborne lidar observations of clouds in the troposphere and stratosphere to assess the outcome of ground-based polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) observations that are often performed at the mercy of tropospheric clouds. We find that the outcome of ground-based lidar measurements of PSCs depends on the location of the measurement. We also provide recommendations regarding the most suitable sites in the Arctic and Antarctic.
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