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Coordinated Imaging and Lidar Measurements of Noctilucent Cloud Dynamics Over Poker Flat, Alaska, August 2005

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Twilight imaging observations of noctilucent clouds (NLC) were made as part of the Polar Aeronomy and Radio Science (PARS) Summer School, Alaska, August 2005. The color video and CCD measurements were made in coordination with a Rayleigh lidar operated at the University of Alaska, Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) (65°N, 147°W). The primary project goals were to:

  • Test digital video and CCD camera capabilities for detailed measurements of MLC in preparation for coordinated observations with the NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission (scheduled launch September 2006).
  • Obtain simultaneous NLC imagery and lidar measurements of NLC's to investigate their spatial, temporal, and vertical evolution and dynamics.
  • Investigate potential sites for future stereographic measurements in coordination with AIM.


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