Polar stratospheric clouds observed during the Airborne Polar Experiment-Geophysica Aircraft in Antarctica (APE-GAIA) campaign

Francesco Cairo, Alberto Adriani, Maurizio Viterbini, Guido Di Donfrancesco, Valentin Mitev, Renaud Matthey, Maurizio Bastiano, Gianluca Redaelli, Rossana Dragani, Rossella Ferretti, Vincenzo Rizi, Tiziana Paolucci, Livio Bernardini, Marco Cacciani, Giandomenico Pace, Giorgio Fiocco

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Abstract

In this work, observations of polar stratospheric clouds (PSC) carried out during one flight of the stratospheric research aircraft Geophysica deployed in the Airborne Polar Experiment-Geophysica Aircraft in Antarctica (APE-GAIA) campaign in September-October 1999 are presented. An analysis of data from the two lidars and a backscatter sonde on board the Geophysica aircraft is presented, coupled with temperature measurements. The observations are analyzed with the aid of a mesoscale model to provide air mass thermal histories and a microphysical box model to simulate PSC formation. The results obtained from this comparison are discussed in view of the theories for PSC formation processes. Copyright 2004 by the American Geophysical Union.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume109
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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Cairo, F., Adriani, A., Viterbini, M., Di Donfrancesco, G., Mitev, V., Matthey, R., Bastiano, M., Redaelli, G., Dragani, R., Ferretti, R., Rizi, V., Paolucci, T., Bernardini, L., Cacciani, M., Pace, G., & Fiocco, G. (2004). Polar stratospheric clouds observed during the Airborne Polar Experiment-Geophysica Aircraft in Antarctica (APE-GAIA) campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109(7), -.