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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2018-120
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05 Jun 2018
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT).
Polar mesospheric clouds observed by Himawari-8
Takuo T. Tsuda1, Yuta Hozumi1, Kento Kawaura1, Keisuke Hosokawa1, Hidehiko Suzuki2, and Takuji Nakamura3,4 1Department of Computer and Network Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications, Chofu, Japan
2Department of Physics, Meiji University, Kawasaki, Japan
3National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Tachikawa, Japan
4Department of Polar Science, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), Tachikawa, Japan
Abstract. We make an initial report on polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs) observed by Himawari-8, the Japanese Geostationary-Earth-Orbit (GEO) meteorological satellite. Heights of the observed PMCs were estimated to be 80–82 km. The PMCs were active only during summertime in both the northern and southern polar regions. These results are concrete evidences of PMCs. PMC observations by Himawari-8 can provide continuous PMC monitoring at every 10 minutes with 3 visible bands from its almost fixed location relative to the Earth, and it would enhance PMC research in the near future.
Citation: Tsuda, T. T., Hozumi, Y., Kawaura, K., Hosokawa, K., Suzuki, H., and Nakamura, T.: Polar mesospheric clouds observed by Himawari-8, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2018-120, in review, 2018.
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Polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs) or noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are the highest clouds in the Earth. In this paper, we introduce new PMC observations by Himawari-8, the Japanese Geostationary-Earth-Orbit (GEO) meteorological satellite, which was launched in October 2014.
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