Articles | Volume 36, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-1267-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-1267-2018
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25 Sep 2018
Regular paper |  | 25 Sep 2018

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

Changsup Lee, Geonhwa Jee, Jeong-Han Kim, and In-Sun Song

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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.