NDMC (Network for the Detection of Mesopause Change) is a global program coordinated jointly by DLR-DFD and CONICET/IAFE, Argentina, with the mission to promote international cooperation among research groups investigating the mesopause region (80-100 km) with the goal of early identification of changing climate signals.
This program involves the coordinated study of atmospheric variability at all time scales, the exchange of existing know-how, and the coordinated development of improved observation, analysis techniques and modeling. The initial emphasis is on mesopause region airglow techniques utilizing the existing ground-based and satellite measurement capabilities.
Participation or association of researchers using other techniques in the same altitude region will be actively developed. NDMC is concerned with coupling processes and will interface with related activities throughout the atmosphere. It is affiliated with the Global Atmosphere Watch program of the World Meteorological Organization and with the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change.
Data archiving and data management for NDMC is performed by the ICSU/WMO World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, WDC-RSAT, which also serves as NDMC’s communication platform.