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Gravity Wave and Tidal Measurement Capabilities across the Mesopause from a Space-borne Lidar

Dawkins, Erin C M and Gardner, Chester S and Kaifler, Bernd and Marsh, Daniel R. and Janches, Diego (2017) Gravity Wave and Tidal Measurement Capabilities across the Mesopause from a Space-borne Lidar. 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, 11.-15. Dez. 2017, New Orleans, USA. (Unpublished)

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A new proposed NASA mission, ACaDAMe (Atmospheric Coupling and Dynamics Across the Mesopause region) consists of a space-borne sodium lidar, mounted upon the International Space Station. Combining the advantages of a lidar with the near-global coverage provided by the ISS (orbital inclination: 51.6o, orbital period: 92.7 mins), the ACaDAMe mission has enormous potential to quantify the waves that provide the major momentum and energy forcing of the Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere system from below. Specifically, this mission seeks to quantify the dominant wave momentum and energy inputs across the mesopause, and identify the near-global distribution of gravity waves and tides that impact the Thermosphere/Ionosphere and are the terrestrial drivers of Space Weather. Leveraging on existing instrument heritage and expertise, this nadir-pointing narrowband lidar would be tuned to two-frequencies (at the peak of the D2a line, and at the minimum between the D2a and D2b peaks), with a capability to retrieve vertically-resolved [Na] and temperature, T, for both nighttime and daytime conditions. Here we outline the proposed mission, present an error characterization for [Na] and T, and describe the capabilities to estimate gravity waves and tidal features which will provide a crucial role in advancing our understanding of small-scale dynamical processes and coupling across this important atmospheric region.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/116698/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Gravity Wave and Tidal Measurement Capabilities across the Mesopause from a Space-borne Lidar
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Dawkins, Erin C MCatholic University of America, NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUNSPECIFIED
Gardner, Chester SUniversity of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignUNSPECIFIED
Kaifler, Bernddlr, ipahttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5891-242X
Marsh, Daniel R.ncar, boulder, co, usahttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6699-494X
Janches, DiegoNASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUNSPECIFIED
Date:12 December 2017
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:International Space Station, sodium lidar, middle atmosphere
Event Title:2017 AGU Fall Meeting
Event Location:New Orleans, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:11.-15. Dez. 2017
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):Vorhaben Mittlere Atmosphäre
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Lidar
Deposited By: Kaifler, Dr. Natalie
Deposited On:06 Dec 2017 14:23
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 14:23

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