Global temperature distributions from OGO-6 6300 Å airglow measurements


  • J. E. Blamont,

  • J. M. Luton,

  • J. S. Nisbet


The OGO-6 6300 Å airglow temperature measurements have been used to develop models of the global temperature distributions under solstice and equinox conditions for the altitude region from 240 to 300 km and for times ranging from dawn in this altitude region to shortly after sunset. The distributions are compared with models derived from satellite orbital decay and incoherent scatter sounding. The seasonal variation of the temperature as a function of latitude is shown to be very different from that derived from static diffusion models with constant boundary conditions.