Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4517–4539, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4517-2019

Special issue: The SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) (ACP/ESSD...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4517–4539, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4517-2019

Research article 05 Apr 2019

Research article | 05 Apr 2019

The climatology of the Brewer–Dobson circulation and the contribution of gravity waves

Kaoru Sato and Soichiro Hirano

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AR by Kaoru Sato on behalf of the Authors (15 Aug 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Aug 2018) by Peter Haynes
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (04 Sep 2018)
RR by Marta Abalos (05 Sep 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (17 Sep 2018)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (03 Oct 2018) by Peter Haynes
AR by Kaoru Sato on behalf of the Authors (12 Nov 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Nov 2018) by Peter Haynes
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (14 Dec 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 Jan 2019) by Peter Haynes
AR by Kaoru Sato on behalf of the Authors (12 Feb 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 Mar 2019) by Peter Haynes
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The climatology of the Brewer–Dobson circulation and the potential contribution of gravity waves (GWs) are examined using four modern reanalysis datasets for the annual mean and each season. In this study, unresolved waves are designated as GWs. GWs are essential to determine the high-latitude extension and the turn-around latitude except in summer, although their contribution to the upward mass flux is relatively small. Plausible deficiencies of the current GW parameterizations are discussed.
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