Multi-instrument derivation of 90 km temperatures over Svalbard (78°N 16°E)

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[1] For 90 km above Svalbard at 78°N, 16°E, neutral air temperatures derived from potassium lidar and OH spectrometer observations are combined and used to calibrate the corresponding estimates derived from meteor echo fading times. While lidar and spectrometer results depend heavily on observing conditions, a meteor radar can easily provide daily measurements; the three instruments thus complement each other to yield daily temperature estimates, hence providing a temporal coverage hitherto unprecedented at this location.

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