Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1971–1987, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1971-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1971–1987, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1971-2018

Research article 06 Apr 2018

Research article | 06 Apr 2018

Intercomparison of middle-atmospheric wind in observations and models

Rolf Rüfenacht et al.

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Datasets ECMWF https://www.ecmwf.int/en/forecasts/datasets

Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2, Data Access NASA https://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/reanalysis/MERRA-2/data_access

Microwave Limb Sounder NASA https://mls.jpl.nasa.gov

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Wind information throughout the middle-atmosphere is crucial for the understanding of atmospheric dynamics but became available only recently, thanks to developments in remote sensing and modelling approaches. We present the first thorough assessment of the quality of the wind estimates by comparing co-located observations from lidar and microwave radiometry and opposing them to the major atmospheric models. Moreover we evaluated a new approach for measuring mesopause region wind by radiometry.