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Gravity wave momentum flux in the mesosphere measured by VHF radar at Davis, Antarctica


Love, PT and Murphy, DJ, Gravity wave momentum flux in the mesosphere measured by VHF radar at Davis, Antarctica, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121, (21) pp. 12,723-12.736. ISSN 2169-897X (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 American Geophysical Union

DOI: doi:10.1002/2016JD025627


Polar mesospheric summer echoes observed in VHF MST radar measurements at Davis, Antarctica 68.5S, 78.0E, are used to measure high-frequency gravity wave momentum flux in the vicinity of the mesopause during the Southern Hemisphere summer of 20142015. The momentum flux spectrum is generally isotropic with a slight bias in the seasonal mean toward the southeast. Zonal and meridional components of the seasonal mean momentum flux are an order of magnitude smaller than the absolute momentum flux. Diurnal and semidiurnal modulation of the momentum flux correspond to perturbations of the seasonal mean winds by atmospheric tides. Quantitative measures of gravity wave intermittency yield high values and increase with altitude through the mesopause region. These intermittency characteristics are attributed to the increase with altitude of wind variability through the mesopause region as a result of the tides.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gravity waves, radar, momentum flux, polar mesospheric summer echoes
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Atmospheric dynamics
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Objective Field:Atmospheric processes and dynamics
UTAS Author:Love, PT (Dr Peter Love)
ID Code:121590
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-10-04
Last Modified:2017-11-10
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