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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2018-1025
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2018-1025
03 Dec 2018
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The intensification of metallic layered phenomena above thunderstorms through the modulation of atmospheric tides

Bingkun Yu, Xianghui Xue, Chengling Kuo, Gaopeng Lu, Xiankang Dou, Qi Gao, Jianfei Wu, Mingjiao Jia, Chao Yu, and Xiushu Qie

Abstract. We present a multi-instrument experiment to study the effects of tropospheric thunderstorms on the mesopause region and the lower ionosphere. The sodium (Na) lidar observation and the ionospheric observation by two digital ionospheric sounders are used to study the variation of the neutral metal atoms and metallic ions above thunderstorms. The enhanced ionospheric sporadic E layer with a downward tidal phase is observed followed by a subsequent intensification of neutral Na density with an increase of 600 cm−3 in the mesosphere. In addition, the Na neutral chemistry and ion-molecule chemistry reactions are considered in the Na chemistry model to simulate the dynamical and chemical coupling processes in the mesosphere and ionosphere above thunderstorms. The enhanced Na layer in the simulation using the ionospheric observation as input is in agreement with the Na lidar observation. We find that the intensification of metallic layered phenomena above thunderstorms is associated with the atmospheric tides, as a result of the troposphere-mesosphere-ionosphere coupling.

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Bingkun Yu, Xianghui Xue, Chengling Kuo, Gaopeng Lu, Xiankang Dou, Qi Gao, Jianfei Wu, Mingjiao Jia, Chao Yu, and Xiushu Qie

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Bingkun Yu, Xianghui Xue, Chengling Kuo, Gaopeng Lu, Xiankang Dou, Qi Gao, Jianfei Wu, Mingjiao Jia, Chao Yu, and Xiushu Qie
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This paper explores the relationship between the intensifications of atomic sodium layer and Es layer in the Mesosphere/Lower Thermosphere (MLT) region (the earth's upper atmosphere at altitudes between 90 and 130 km above ground). The multi-instrument experiment of sodium lidar observations, ionospheric observations and sodium chemical simulations advances our understanding of the dynamical and chemical coupling processes in the mesosphere and ionosphere above thunderstorms.
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