Accession Number:

ADA127222

Title:

Global Atmospheric Waves: Mechanical Heating of the Lower Thermosphere.

Descriptive Note:

Final scientific rept. 1 Jan-30 Sep 82,

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY COLL LONDON (ENGLAND) DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-11-30

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

The global mean vertical energy flux of the 1,1,1 mode of atmospheric oscillationis evaluated at 80 km altitude by classical tidal theory for mean January, April, July and October conditions using revised profiles of water vapour and ozone heating. Fluxes calculated for January and July are lower than those for Arpil and October due to seasonal changes in water vapour, solar declination and Sun-Earth distance. Flux values obtained are compared with a previously stated requirement for maintaining the residual thermosphere and are adequate unless damping, introduces a factor of more than an order of 10 in magnitude. The relative changes of flux between the above four months are noted to be similar in form to the semi-annual variation of thermospheric air densities. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE