Articles | Volume 5, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 2713–2722, 2012
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 2713–2722, 2012

Research article 14 Nov 2012

Research article | 14 Nov 2012

Anisotropy of small-scale stratospheric irregularities retrieved from scintillations of a double star α-Cru observed by GOMOS/ENVISAT

V. Kan1, V. F. Sofieva2, and F. Dalaudier3 V. Kan et al.
  • 1A. M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • 2Earth observation, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Université Versailles St-Quentin, UPMC University Paris 06, CNRS/INSU, LATMOS-IPSL, 78280 Guyancourt, France

Abstract. In this paper, we discuss estimating anisotropy of air density irregularities (ratio of characteristic horizontal and vertical scales) from satellite observations of bi-chromatic scintillations of a double star whose components are not resolved by the detector. The analysis is based on fitting experimental auto- and cross-spectra of scintillations by those computed using the 3-D spectral model of atmospheric irregularities consisting of anisotropic and isotropic components. Application of the developed method to the scintillation measurements of the double star α-Cru by GOMOS (Global Ozone Monitoring by Occultation of Stars) fast photometers results in estimates of anisotropy coefficient of ~15–20 at altitudes 30–38 km, as well as other parameters of atmospheric irregularities. The obtained estimates of the anisotropy coefficient correspond to small-scale irregularities, close to the buoyancy scale.