A comparison between thomson scatter and meteor radar wind measurements in the 65-105 km altitude region at Arecibo

J. D. Mathews, M. P. Sulzer, C. A. Tepley, R. Bernard, J. L. Fellous, M. Glass, M. Massebeuf, S. Ganguly, R. M. Harper, R. A. Behnke, J. C.G. Walker

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Abstract

The results of simultaneous meteor and Thomson scatter radar wind measurements in the 65-105 km altitude region are presented. The two radars are located in Puerto Rico where the 430-MHz Thomson scatter radar at Arecibo Observatory is employed along with the French (CNET) portable meteor radar which is at a 40-km distance. The two sets of wind measurements compare quite favorably during periods of coincident observation. The meteor radar yields continuous results while the Thomson scatter radar is usable only during daylight hours. The Thomson scatter results, on the other hand, extend down to 65 km altitude and are available with better height and time resolutions than the meteor radar results. The two measurement techniques are therefore complementary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-348
Number of pages8
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1981

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Mathews, J. D., Sulzer, M. P., Tepley, C. A., Bernard, R., Fellous, J. L., Glass, M., ... Walker, J. C. G. (1981). A comparison between thomson scatter and meteor radar wind measurements in the 65-105 km altitude region at Arecibo. Planetary and Space Science, 29(3), 341-348. https://doi.org/10.1016/0032-0633(81)90022-2