High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder measurements of gravity wave activity in the 2006 Arctic stratosphere

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Wright CJ, Osprey SM, Barnett JJ, Gray LJ, & Gille JC

Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012) 115, Issue D2, pages D02105, 2010, 10.1029/2009JD011858.

Observations from the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS) instrument on NASA’s Aura satellite are used to quantify gravity wave momentum fluxes in the middle atmosphere. The period around the 2006 Arctic sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) is investigated, during which a substantial elevation of the stratopause occurred. Analysis of the HIRDLS results, together with analysis of European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting zonal winds, provide direct evidence of wind filtering of the gravity wave spectrum during this period. This confirms previous hypotheses from model studies and further contributes to our understanding of the effects of gravity wave driving on the winter polar stratopause.

Keywords: Gravity waves, HIRDLS, High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder
Categories: Arctic, Natural Science