Two-day period fluctuation of PMC occurrence over Syowa Station, Antarctica observed by a ground-based lidar and AIM satellite.

Thursday, 18 December 2014: 4:36 PM
Hidehiko Suzuki1, Takuji Nakamura2, Masaki Tsutsumi3, Mitsumu K Ejiri2, Yoshihiro Tomikawa4, Makoto Abo5, Takuya Kawahara6, Takuo T Tsuda4 and Takanori Nishiyama7, (1)Meiji University, Kawasaki, Japan, (2)National Inst of Polar Res., Tokyo, Japan, (3)SOKENDAI Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Kanagawa, Japan, (4)NIPR National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan, (5)Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan, (6)Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, (7)National Institute of Polar Research, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
A Rayleigh/Raman lidar system has been operated by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) since February, 2011 (JARE 52nd) in Syowa Station Antarctica (69.0S, 39.5E). The lidar system consists of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser (355nm) as a transmitter and two telescopes with four photo multiplier tubes which are to detect Rayleigh scattered light from low and high atmosphere at 355 nm and N2 Raman emission at 387nm. Polar Mesospheric Cloud (PMC) was detected by the lidar at 22:30UT (+3hr for LT) on Feb 4th, 2011, the first day of a routine operation. This event was the first time to detect PMC over Syowa Station by a lidar [Suzuki et al., Ann. Geophys., 2013]. However, signal to noise ratio (SNR) of the PMC event was not so good due to large shot noises from daytime background signals. Moreover, a receiver system was designed mainly for nighttime observations. In this way, observation of PMC during the midnight sun, which also corresponds to most frequent PMC season, was difficult. Thus, to improve SNR of the PMC observation with the lidar during daytime, a narrow band-pass Fabry-Perot etalon unit has been developed and installed in the receiver system on Dec 2013 by JARE 55th. By using this new system, clear PMC signals were successfully detected under daylight condition during the period of summer operation of JARE55th. During this period of 53 days (from 17 Dec. 2013 to 7 Feb. 2014), only 11 days were with a clear sky and suitable for PMC observation. Thus, it was difficult to study temporal variations on a PMC activity only by using the lidar data. Fortunately, NASA’s AIM satellite had passed near Syowa Station and provided with complimentary PMC data during observation gap of the lidar. By combining our lidar data with the AIM/CIPS data, nearly continuous monitoring of PMC variability over Syowa Station was achieved for period between 13th and 18th in January 2014. PMC occurrence with an interval of two days over Syowa Station during the period was clearly confirmed. Co-located MF radar also showed clear two days fluctuation in horizontal wind velocities around PMC altitude during the same period. In this presentation, we will discuss the cause of the two-day oscillation found in PMC occurrence and horizontal wind velocity. In particular, two-day planetary wave will be quantitatively investigated as a potential cause of the fluctuation.