Water vapour and ozone in the mesosphere as measured by UARS MLS

Hugh C. Pumphrey*, Robert S. Harwood

*Corresponding author for this work

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Until recently, measurements of water vapour in the upper mesosphere were scarce. Instruments on the UARS platform have made the first global measurements of upper mesospheric H2O; the Microwave Limb Sounder is one of these instruments. It has also measured upper mesospheric ozone. So far, various random and systematic errors have prevented accurate retrievals of either species in the upper mesosphere but much can be learned from the raw radiance measurements. In this paper we present these measurements and show how they can provide information on the dynamics of the mesosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Article number97GL01158
Pages (from-to)1399-1402
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997


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