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Convection is an important source of atmospheric gravity waves (GWs). In this work, scales of convective GWs seen by limb sounders were first defined based on observed spectral information. Interactions of these waves with the background were considered. Long-scale convective GWs addressed by this approach showed significant importance in driving the QBO. Zonal mean of GW momentum flux and its vertical gradients are in good agreement with respective observations provided by limb sounders.
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Articles | Volume 16, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7335–7356, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7335-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7335–7356, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7335-2016

Research article 13 Jun 2016

Research article | 13 Jun 2016

Tuning of a convective gravity wave source scheme based on HIRDLS observations

Quang Thai Trinh et al.

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Convection is an important source of atmospheric gravity waves (GWs). In this work, scales of convective GWs seen by limb sounders were first defined based on observed spectral information. Interactions of these waves with the background were considered. Long-scale convective GWs addressed by this approach showed significant importance in driving the QBO. Zonal mean of GW momentum flux and its vertical gradients are in good agreement with respective observations provided by limb sounders.
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