NASA Aeronomy of Ice In the Mesosphere (AIM) Mission Data

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Originator: James M. Russell III, Principal Investigator
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Title: NASA Aeronomy of Ice In the Mesosphere (AIM) Mission Data
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Publication_Place: Hampton, Virginia, USA
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Online_Linkage: http://aim.hamptonu.edu/
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[Source: AIM Mission Home Page, Hampton University, http://aim.hamptonu.edu/ ] AIM is the first satellite mission dedicated to the study of noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds (NLCs) also called Polar Mesospheric clouds (PMCs). It has provided the first global-scale view of the clouds over the entire 2007 Northern Hemisphere season with an unprecedented resolution of 5 km by 5 km and is nearing completion of observations in the Southern Hemisphere season. Despite a significant increase in PMC research in recent years, relatively little is known about the basic physics of these clouds at ”the edge of space” and why they are changing. They have increased in brightness over time, are being seen more often and appear to be occurring at lower latitudes than ever before. The overall goal of the baseline mission is to determine why PMCs form and vary. Since the launch of AIM on April 25, 2007, significant progress has been made in achieving this goal and that progress continues at a rapid rate. The AIM data is of very high quality and has changed our view of PMCs and their environment after only one northern hemisphere (NH) season of observations. The startling similarity between the PMC structure observed by CIPS and that seen in tropospheric clouds suggests that the mesosphere may share some of the same dynamical processes responsible for weather near Earth’s surface. If this similarity holds up in further analysis, it introduces an entirely different view of potential mechanisms responsible for PMC formation and variability. AIM has provided the most detailed picture of NH clouds ever collected: - The clouds appear every day, are widespread and are highly variable on hourly to daily time scales. - PMC brightness varies over horizontal scales of a few kilometers, and because of the AIM high horizontal resolution, we now know that over small regions the clouds are ten times brighter than measured by previous space-based instruments. - A previously suspected, but never before seen, population of very small ice particles was measured that is believed to be responsible for strong radar echoes from the summertime mesosphere. - Mesospheric ice occurs in one continuous layer extending from below the main peak at 83 km up to around 90 km. -Mesospheric cloud structures, resolved for the first time by the CIPS imager, exhibit complex features present in normal tropospheric clouds.
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REFERENCE: Hampton University 2008-2011 View All AIM publications http://aim.hamptonu.edu/library/index.html Source: AIM Mission Home Page, Hampton University
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REFERENCE: Baumgarten, G., J. Fiedler, K. H. Fricke, M. Gerding, M. Hervig, P. Hoffmann, N. Muller, P.-D. Pautet, M. Rapp, C. Robert, D. Rusch, C. von Savigny5 , and W. Singer 2008 The noctilucent cloud (NLC) display during the ECOMA/MASS sounding rocket flights on August 3, 2007: Morphology on global to local scales Ann Geophys
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REFERENCE: Benze, S., Cora E. Randall, Matthew T. DeLand, Gary E. Thomas, David W. Rusch, Scott M. Bailey, James M. Russell, III, William McClintock, Aimee W. Merkel, Chris Jeppesen 2009 Comparison of Polar Mesospheric Cloud Measurements from the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size Experiment and the Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Instrument in 2007 J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.07.014
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REFERENCE: Chandran, Amal, David Rusch, S. E. Palo, G. E. Thomas, M. Taylor 2009 Gravity wave observation from the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size (CIPS) Experiment on the AIM Spacecraft J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.09.041
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REFERENCE: Bailey, M. Scott, Gary E. Thomas, David W. Rusch, Aimee W. Merkel, Chris Jeppesen, Justin N. Carstens, Cora E. Randall, William E. McClintock, and James M. Russell, III 2009 Phase Functions of Polar Mesospheric Cloud Ice as Observed by the CIPS Instrument on the AIM Satellite J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.09.039
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REFERENCE: Stephen D. Eckermann, Karl W. Hoppel, Lawrence Coy, John P. McCormack, David E. Siskind, Kim Nielsen, Andrew Kochenash, Michael H. Stevens, Christoph R. Englert, Mark Hervig 2009 High-Altitude Data Assimilation System Experiments for the Northern Summer Mesosphere Season of 2007 J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.09.036
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REFERENCE: Gordley, L.L., Mark Hervig, Chad Fish, James Russell III, James Cook, Scott Hanson, Andrew Shumway, Scott Bailey, Greg Paxton,Lance Deaver, Tom Marshall, John Burton, Brian Magill, Chris Brown, Earl Thompson, and John Kemp 2008 The Solar Occultation For Ice Experiment (SOFIE) J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.07.012
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REFERENCE: Hervig, M.E., L.L. Gordley, M. Stevens, J.M. Russell, and S. Bailey 2009 Interpretation of SOFIE PMC measurements: Cloud identification and derivation of mass density, particle shape, and particle size J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.07.009
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REFERENCE: Hervig, M.E., L.L. Gordley, M. Stevens, J.M. Russell, and S. Bailey 2009 SOFIE PMC measurements during the northern summer of 2007 J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.08.010
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REFERENCE: McClintock, William, David W. Rusch, Gary E. Thomas, Aimee W. Merkel, Mark R. Lankton, Virginia A. Drake, Scott M. Bailey, and James M. Russell III 2009 The Cloud Imaging and Particle Size Experiment On The Aeronomy Of Ice In The Mesosphere Mission: Instrument Concept, Design, Calibration, And On-Orbit Performance J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.10.011
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REFERENCE: Merkel, W. Aimee, David W. Rusch, Scott E. Palo, James M. Russell III, and Scott M. Bailey 2009 Mesospheric planetary wave activity inferred from AIM-CIPS and TIMED-SABER for the northern summer 2007 PMC season J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jasp.2006.05.01
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REFERENCE: Rusch, D. W., G. E. Thomas, W. McClintock, A. W. Merkel, S. M. Bailey, J. M. Russell III, C. E. Randall, C. Jeppesen, and M. Callan 2009 The Cloud Imaging and Particle Size Experiment on the aeronomy of ice in the Mesosphere mission: Cloud morphology for the northern 2007 season J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.11.005
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REFERENCE: Russell III, James M., Scott M. Bailey, Mihaly Horanyi, Larry L. Gordley, David W. Rusch, Mark E. Hervig, Gary E. Thomas, Cora E. Randall, David E. Siskind, Michael H. Stevens, Michael E. Summers, Michael I. Taylor, Christoph R. Englert, Patrick J. Espy, William E. McClintock and Aimee W. Merkel 2009 Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM):Overview and early science results J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.08.011
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REFERENCE: Robertson, S., M. Horanyi, S. Knappmiller, Z. Sternovsky, R. Holzworth, M. Shimogawa M. Friedrich, K. Torkar, J. Gumbel, L. Megner, G. Baumgarten, R. Latteck, M. Rapp, U.-P. Hoppe, and M. E. Hervig 2008 Mass analysis of charged aerosol particles in NLC and PMSE during the ECOMA/MASS campaign Ann Geophys
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REFERENCE: Stevens, M. H., C. R. Englert, M. Hervig, S. V. Petelina, W. Singer, and K. Nielsen 2009 The diurnal variation of noctilucent cloud frequency near 55°N observed by SHIMMER J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys 10.1016/j.jastp.2008.10.009
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