Articles | Volume 17, issue 24
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18 Dec 2017
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 18 Dec 2017

First tomographic observations of gravity waves by the infrared limb imager GLORIA

Isabell Krisch, Peter Preusse, Jörn Ungermann, Andreas Dörnbrack, Stephen D. Eckermann, Manfred Ern, Felix Friedl-Vallon, Martin Kaufmann, Hermann Oelhaf, Markus Rapp, Cornelia Strube, and Martin Riese

Data sets Isabell Krisch

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Tomographic Observation of a Gravity Wave Event above Iceland on 25 January 2016 Isabell Krisch

Short summary
Using the infrared limb imager GLORIA, the 3-D structure of mesoscale gravity waves in the lower stratosphere was measured for the first time, allowing for a complete 3-D characterization of the waves. This enables the precise determination of the sources of the waves in the mountain regions of Iceland with backward ray tracing. Forward ray tracing shows oblique propagation, an effect generally neglected in global atmospheric models.
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