Articles | Volume 16, issue 24
Research article
21 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 21 Dec 2016

Influence of the spatial distribution of gravity wave activity on the middle atmospheric dynamics

Petr Šácha, Friederike Lilienthal, Christoph Jacobi, and Petr Pišoft

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With a mechanistic model for the middle and upper atmosphere we performed sensitivity simulations to study a possible impact of a localized GW breaking hotspot in the eastern Asia–northern Pacific region and also the possible influence of the spatial distribution of gravity wave activity on the middle atmospheric circulation and transport. We show implications for polar vortex stability, in situ PW generation and longitudinal variability and strength of the Brewer–Dobson circulation.
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