Articles | Volume 16, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5611–5621, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5611-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5611–5621, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5611-2016

Research article 04 May 2016

Research article | 04 May 2016

Response of OH airglow emissions to mesospheric gravity waves and comparisons with full-wave model simulation at a low-latitude Indian station

Rupesh N. Ghodpage1, Michael P. Hickey2, Alok K. Taori3,a, Devendraa Siingh4, and Parashram T. Patil1 Rupesh N. Ghodpage et al.
  • 1Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Shivaji University Campus, Kolhapur 416004, India
  • 2Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA
  • 3National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Pakala Mandal, Gadanki 517112, India
  • 4Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune-411 008, Maharashtra, India
  • anow at: National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad 500037, India

Abstract. Quasi-monochromatic gravity-wave-induced oscillations, monitored using the mesospheric OH airglow emission over Kolhapur (16.8° N, 74.2° E), India, during January to April 2010 and January to December 2011, have been characterized using the Krassovsky method. The nocturnal variability reveals prominent wave signatures with periods ranging from 5.2 to 10.8 h as the dominant nocturnal wave with embedded short-period waves having wave periods of 1.5–4.4 h. The results show that the magnitude of the Krassovsky parameter, viz. |η|, ranged from 2.1 to 10.2 h for principal or long nocturnal waves (5.2–10.8 h observed periods), and from 1.5 to 5.4 h for the short waves (1.5–4.4 h observed periods) during the years of 2010 and 2011, respectively. The phase (i.e., Φ) values of the Krassovsky parameters exhibited larger variability and varied from −8.1 to −167°. The deduced mean vertical wavelengths are found to be approximately −60.2 ± 20 and −42.8 ± 35 km for long- and short-period waves for the year 2010. Similarly, for 2011 the mean vertical wavelengths are found to be approximately −77.6 ± 30 and −59.2 ± 30 km for long and short wave periods, respectively, indicating that the observations over Kolhapur were dominated by upward-propagating waves. We use a full-wave model to simulate the response of OH emission to the wave motion and compare the results with observed values.

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Gravity-wave-induced oscillations have been characterized over Kolhapur (16.8°N and 74.2°E), India, using the adiabatic variations in OH airglow intensity and temperature data. The results show that there exist large deviations from one investigation to the other. We also use a full-wave model to simulate the response of OH emission to the wave motion and compare the results with observed values. This report discusses the observed wave characteristics and cause of the noted difference.
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