Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Research article
01 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 01 Mar 2019

Simulation study for ground-based Ku-band microwave observations of ozone and hydroxyl in the polar middle atmosphere

David A. Newnham, Mark A. Clilverd, Michael Kosch, Annika Seppälä, and Pekka T. Verronen

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A simulation study has been carried out to investigate the potential for observing ozone and hydroxyl radical abundances in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere using ground-based passive microwave radiometry. In the polar middle atmosphere these chemical species respond strongly to geomagnetic activity associated with space weather. The results show that measuring diurnal variations in ozone and hydroxyl from high-latitude Northern Hemisphere and Antarctic locations would be possible.