Articles | Volume 9, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3707–3715, 2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3707–3715, 2016

Research article 11 Aug 2016

Research article | 11 Aug 2016

Mesospheric temperature soundings with the new, daylight-capable IAP RMR lidar

Michael Gerding et al.

Related authors

Mesospheric gravity wave activity estimated via airglow imagery, multistatic meteor radar, and SABER data taken during the SIMONe–2018 campaign
Fabio Vargas, Jorge L. Chau, Harikrishnan Charuvil Asokan, and Michael Gerding
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 13631–13654,,, 2021
Short summary
Local stratopause temperature variabilities and their embedding in the global context
Ronald Eixmann, Vivien Matthias, Josef Höffner, Gerd Baumgarten, and Michael Gerding
Ann. Geophys., 38, 373–383,,, 2020
Short summary
Evaluation of wake influence on high-resolution balloon-sonde measurements
Jens Söder, Michael Gerding, Andreas Schneider, Andreas Dörnbrack, Henrike Wilms, Johannes Wagner, and Franz-Josef Lübken
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 4191–4210,,, 2019
Short summary
Simultaneous observations of NLCs and MSEs at midlatitudes: implications for formation and advection of ice particles
Michael Gerding, Jochen Zöllner, Marius Zecha, Kathrin Baumgarten, Josef Höffner, Gunter Stober, and Franz-Josef Lübken
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15569–15580,,, 2018
Short summary
A new model of meteoric calcium in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere
John M. C. Plane, Wuhu Feng, Juan Carlos Gómez Martín, Michael Gerding, and Shikha Raizada
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 14799–14811,,, 2018
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Others (Wind, Precipitation, Temperature, etc.) | Technique: Remote Sensing | Topic: Instruments and Platforms
Characterization of dark current signal measurements of the ACCDs used on board the Aeolus satellite
Fabian Weiler, Thomas Kanitz, Denny Wernham, Michael Rennie, Dorit Huber, Marc Schillinger, Olivier Saint-Pe, Ray Bell, Tommaso Parrinello, and Oliver Reitebuch
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5153–5177,,, 2021
Short summary
Relationship between wind observation accuracy and the ascending node of the sun-synchronous orbit for the Aeolus-type spaceborne Doppler wind lidar
Chuanliang Zhang, Xuejin Sun, Wen Lu, Yingni Shi, Naiying Dou, and Shaohui Li
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4787–4803,,, 2021
Short summary
A new lidar design for operational atmospheric wind and cloud/aerosol survey from space
Didier Bruneau and Jacques Pelon
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4375–4402,,, 2021
Short summary
VAHCOLI, a new concept for lidars: technical setup, science applications, and first measurements
Franz-Josef Lübken and Josef Höffner
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3815–3836,,, 2021
Short summary
A compact static birefringent interferometer for the measurement of upper atmospheric winds: concept, design and lab performance
Tingyu Yan, Jeffery A. Langille, William E. Ward, William A. Gault, Alan Scott, Andrew Bell, Driss Touahiri, Sheng-Hai Zheng, and Chunmin Zhang
Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss.,,, 2021
Revised manuscript accepted for AMT

Cited articles

Alpers, M., Gerding, M., Höffner, J., and von Zahn, U.: NLC particle properties from a five-color lidar observation at 54° N, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 12235–12240, 2000.
Alpers, M., Eixmann, R., Fricke-Begemann, C., Gerding, M., and Höffner, J.: Temperature lidar measurements from 1 to 105 km altitude using resonance, Rayleigh, and Rotational Raman scattering, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 793–800,, 2004.
Blum, U. and Fricke, K. H.: The Bonn University lidar at the Esrange: technical description and capabilities for atmospheric research, Ann. Geophys., 23, 1645–1658,, 2005.
Chen, H., White, M., Krueger, D. A., and She, C.: Daytime mesopause temperature measurements with a sodium-vapor dispersive Faraday filter in a lidar receiver, Opt. Lett., 21, 1093–1095, 1996.
Chen, S., Hu, Z., White, M. A., Chen, H., Krueger, D. A., and She, C.-Y.: Lidar observations of seasonal variation of diurnal mean temperature in the mesopause region over Fort Collins, Colorado (41° N, 105° W), J. Geophys. Res., 105, 12371–12379, 2000.
Short summary
Temperature soundings by lidar are an important tool for the understanding of the middle atmosphere, including gravity waves and tides. Though, mesospheric lidar soundings at daytime are rare. We describe a daylight-capable RMR lidar with optical bandwidths in the range of the Doppler broadened laser backscatter. We account for the systematic temperature error induced by the optical filter, and present examples of daylight-independent temperature sounding as well as tidal analysis.