Articles | Volume 8, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4171–4195, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4171-2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4171–4195, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4171-2015

Research article 12 Oct 2015

Research article | 12 Oct 2015

Comparison of nitric oxide measurements in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere from ACE-FTS, MIPAS, SCIAMACHY, and SMR

S. Bender et al.

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We compare the nitric oxide (NO) daily zonal mean number density data sets in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT, 60km to 150km) from four instruments: ACE-FTS (2004--2010), MIPAS (2005--2012), SCIAMACHY (2008--2012), and SMR (2003--2012). We find that these data sets from different instruments consistently constrain NO in the MLT. Thus, they offer reliable forcing inputs for climate and chemistry climate models as an initial step to include solar and geomagnetic activity.