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Tropical behavior of mesospheric ozone as observed by SMMThe seasonal behavior of low latitude mesospheric ozone, as observed by the SMM satellite solar occultation experiment, is detailed for the 1985-1989 period. Annual as well as semi-annual waves are observed in the 50-70 km altitude region. In the latitude range of +/- 30 deg the ozone phase and amplitude are functions of temperature and seasonal changes in solar flux. Temperature is the controlling factor for the equatorial region and seasonal changes in solar flux become more dominant at latitudes outside the equatorial zone (greater than +/- 15 deg). There is a hemispheric asymmetry in the ozone annual wave in the 20-30 deg region, with Northern Hemispheric ozone having a larger amplitude than Southern Hemispheric ozone.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Aikin, A. C. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Kendig, D. J. (ST Systems Corp. Lanham, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics
Volume: 54
Issue: 5, Ma
ISSN: 0021-9169
Subject Category
Distribution Limits