Articles | Volume 8, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 1021–1041, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-1021-2015

Special issue: Limb observations of the middle atmosphere by space- and airborne...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 1021–1041, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-1021-2015
Research article
04 Mar 2015
Research article | 04 Mar 2015

Atomic oxygen retrievals in the MLT region from SCIAMACHY nightglow limb measurements

O. Lednyts'kyy et al.

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This paper deals with the retrieval of atomic oxygen concentration profiles in the Earth's upper mesosphere/lower thermosphere region from SCIAMACHY observations of oxygen green line airglow emissions. Atomic oxygen is one of the most important chemical constituents of this atmospheric region, and long-term satellite data sets are rare. The paper includes a detailed description of the retrieval algorithm, an error budget, validation results and some first scientific analyses.