Articles | Volume 17, issue 24
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14937–14953, 2017

Special issue: Sources, propagation, dissipation and impact of gravity waves...

Special issue: The Polar Stratosphere in a Changing Climate (POLSTRACC) (ACP/AMT...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14937–14953, 2017
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18 Dec 2017
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First tomographic observations of gravity waves by the infrared limb imager GLORIA

Isabell Krisch et al.

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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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