For more than 15 years lidar systems have been used to study the chemistry and dynamics of the mesospheric sodium layer. Because the layer is an excellent tracer of atmospheric wave motions, sodium lidar has proven to be particularly useful for studying the influence of gravity waves and tides on mesospheric dynamics. These waves, which originate in the troposphere and stratosphere, propagate through the mesosphere and dissipate their energy near the mesopause making important contributions to the momentum and turbulence budget in this region of the atmosphere.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||NASA Conference Publication|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aerospace Engineering