Articles | Volume 36, issue 5
Ann. Geophys., 36, 1267–1274, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-1267-2018
Ann. Geophys., 36, 1267–1274, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-1267-2018

Regular paper 25 Sep 2018

Regular paper | 25 Sep 2018

Meteor echo height ceiling effect and mesospheric temperature estimation from meteor radar observations

Changsup Lee et al.

Data sets

The TIMED/SABER data SABER data services http://saber.gats-inc.com/data.php

The Aura/MLS data NASA GES DISC http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/data-holdings/MLS

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Short summary
This study shows the width of the meteor height distribution (FWHM) is well correlated with the atmospheric pressure, not only experimentally but theoretically. From the correlation analysis, we found that the FWHM provides the best estimation of the temperature at the height layer below the meteor peak height by 2–3 km. We also proved a meteor echo height ceiling effect (MHC) is primarily controlled by the atmospheric conditions, and this enables the FWHM to estimate the temperature accurately.