Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
Data description paper
08 Nov 2022
Data description paper |  | 08 Nov 2022

The polar mesospheric cloud dataset of the Balloon Lidar Experiment (BOLIDE)

Natalie Kaifler, Bernd Kaifler, Markus Rapp, and David C. Fritts


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on essd-2022-158', Anonymous Referee #1, 15 Jul 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Natalie Kaifler, 17 Sep 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2022-158', Anonymous Referee #2, 31 Jul 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC2', Natalie Kaifler, 17 Sep 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Natalie Kaifler on behalf of the Authors (10 Oct 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Oct 2022) by David Carlson
Short summary
We measured polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs), our Earth’s highest clouds at the edge of space, with a Rayleigh lidar from a stratospheric balloon. We describe how we derive the cloud’s brightness and discuss the stability of the gondola pointing and the sensitivity of our measurements. We present our high-resolution PMC dataset that is used to study dynamical processes in the upper mesosphere, e.g. regarding gravity waves, mesospheric bores, vortex rings, and Kelvin–Helmholtz instabilities.