Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4157–4169, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4157-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4157–4169, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4157-2021

Research article 07 Jun 2021

Research article | 07 Jun 2021

Improved method of estimating temperatures at meteor peak heights

Emranul Sarkar et al.

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Improved method of estimating temperatures at meteor peak heights E. Sarkar, A. Kozlovsky, T. Ulich, I. Virtannen, M. Lester, and B. Kaifler https://www.sgo.fi/pub/AMT_2020_ESarkar/

Extension of the MSIS thermosphere model into the middle and lower atmosphere (https://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/modelweb/atmos/nrlmsise00.html) A. E. Hedin https://doi.org/10.1029/90JA02125

Lidar data DLR (German Aerospace Center) https://halo-db.pa.op.dlr.de/mission/109

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Short summary
The biasing effect in meteor radar temperature has been a pressing issue for the last 2 decades. This paper has addressed the underlying reasons for such a biasing effect on both theoretical and experimental grounds. An improved statistical method has been developed which allows atmospheric temperatures at around 90 km to be measured with meteor radar in an independent way such that any subsequent bias correction or calibration is no longer required.