Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5015–5027, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5015–5027, 2021

Research article 21 Jul 2021

Research article | 21 Jul 2021

Meteor radar observations of polar mesospheric summer echoes over Svalbard

Joel P. Younger et al.

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A radar in Svalbard usually used to study meteor trails was used to observe a thin icy layer in the upper atmosphere. New methods used the layer to measure wind speed over short periods of time and found that the layer is most reflective within 6.8 ± 3.3° of vertical. Analysis of meteor trail radar echo durations found that the layer may shorten meteor trail echoes, but more data are needed. This study shows new uses for data collected by meteor radars for other purposes.