Articles | Volume 11, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 6703–6717, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-6703-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 6703–6717, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-6703-2018

Research article 18 Dec 2018

Research article | 18 Dec 2018

Lidar temperature series in the middle atmosphere as a reference data set – Part 2: Assessment of temperature observations from MLS/Aura and SABER/TIMED satellites

Robin Wing et al.

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We have compared 2433 nights of OHP lidar temperatures (2002–2018) to temperatures derived from the satellites SABER and MLS. We have found a winter stratopause cold bias in the satellite measurements with respect to the lidar (−6 K for SABER and −17 K for MLS), a summer mesospheric warm bias for SABER (6 K near 60 km), and a vertically structured bias for MLS (−4 to 4 K). We have corrected the satellite data based on the lidar-determined stratopause height and found a significant improvement.