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Variability Of C[sub]n[/sub][sup]2[/sup] At Poker Flat, Alaska, From Mesosphere, Stratosphere, Troposphere (MST) Doppler Radar Observations
Author(s): G. D. Nastrom; K. S. Gage; B. B. Balsley
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Paper Abstract

We examine the seasonal, day-to-day, and diurnal fluctuations of Cn2 using data from the MST radar at Poker Flat, Alaska. The radar has been operated in a nearly continuous mode since early 1979, with profiles recorded every 2-4 minutes. The results for Cn2 are pre-sented at about 2 km height intervals from 4 to 20 km. It is found that the mean values of Cn2 are about 10 dB larger in summer than in winter at all levels. The diurnal range is about 3 dB in the troposphere during all seasons, and varies in the stratosphere from about 10 dB during winter to 16 dB during summer. The relationship of mean Cn2 with meteorologi-cal variables is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1981
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0277, Atmospheric Transmission, (28 July 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.931897
Show Author Affiliations
G. D. Nastrom, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
K. S. Gage, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
B. B. Balsley, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0277:
Atmospheric Transmission
Robert W. Fan, Editor(s)

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