Mesospheric effects of solar ultraviolet variations: further analysis of SME IR ozone and Nimbus 7 SAMS temperature data

L. L. Hood, Z. Huang, S. W. Bougher

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Abstract

An analysis is presented of 3.8 years of Solar Mesosphere Explorer (SME) IR ozone data and 4.3 years of Nimbus 7 stratosphere and mesosphere sounder temperature data for the purpose of estimating and characterizing the zonal mean response of the mesosphere to solar ultraviolet variations occurring on the solar rotation time scale. In agreement with an earlier study by Keating et al. (1987) the maximum low-latitude ozone and temperature response amplitudes occur at essentially the same level (~0.06 mbar; approximately 68 km altitude). The ozone response is negative and occurs at nearly zero lag, while the peak temperature response is positive and occurs at a lag of 3 to 5 days. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12,989-13,002
JournalJournal of geophysical research
Volume96
Issue numberD7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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