Evidence of Gravity Wave Saturation and Local Turbulence Production in the Summer Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere during the STATE (Structure and Atmospheric Turbulence Environment) Experiment
ALASKA UNIV FAIRBANKS GEOPHYSICAL INST
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This study used the unique data set obtained during the Structure and Atmospheric Turbulence Environment STATE experiment, conducted during June 1983 at Poker Flat, Alaska, to examine the structure and characteristics of the wave field near the summer mesopause. It is shown that the rocket and radar data together permit a much more detailed specification of wave parameters than would be possible using either data set alone. Results of this analysis suggest that the wave field near the summer mesopause is composed, in general, of a superposition of wave motions which act collectively to produce regions in which the wave field is convectively or dynamically unstable. These regions are found to correlate well with zones of enhanced turbulence and small-scale wave activity, suggesting the processes and effects of wave field saturation. Keywords Gravity waves Instability Mesosphere Thermosphere. Reprints.
- Atmospheric Physics