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Andreas Dörnbrack, Sonja Gisinger, Michael C. Pitts, Lamont R. Poole, and Marion Maturilli

1. Introduction The “picture of the month” as presented in this short contribution is not a photo of the sky spontaneously shot from a digital camera. The picture as displayed in Fig. 1 is a combination of spaceborne measurements by the Cloud–Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) instrument on board the Cloud–Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations ( CALIPSO ) satellite during one of several Arctic overpasses on 30 December 2015 and a high-resolution short

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Benedikt Ehard, Peggy Achtert, Andreas Dörnbrack, Sonja Gisinger, Jörg Gumbel, Mikhail Khaplanov, Markus Rapp, and Johannes Wagner

. 2006 ), radars (e.g., Stober et al. 2013 ), airglow imagers (e.g., Suzuki et al. 2010 ), noctilucent cloud images (e.g., Pautet et al. 2011 ), satellite measurements (e.g., Alexander et al. 2008 ), radiosonde soundings (e.g., Dörnbrack et al. 1999 ; Zhang and Yi 2005 ), and rocket soundings (e.g., Rapp et al. 2004 ). However, these instruments are limited to particular altitude ranges and are only sensitive to a distinct part of the gravity wave spectrum ( Gardner and Taylor 1998 ; Preusse

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