Sources, propagation, dissipation and impact of gravity waves (ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)
Sources, propagation, dissipation and impact of gravity waves (ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): M. Rapp, F.-J. Lübken, J. Gumbel, M. Taylor, and G. Zängl Special issue jointly organized between Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
Gravity waves (GWs) are a ubiquitous phenomenon in a stably stratified atmosphere. GWs are excited by flow over orography and by convection or jet streams and fronts, and may propagate both horizontally and vertically over large distances. Thus, they lead to a significant vertical and horizontal transport of energy and momentum which so far is hardly appropriately accounted for in numerical weather prediction and climate models, which mainly rely on simplified parametrization schemes. In order to investigate sources, propagation, dissipation and impact of GWs, a number of large internationally coordinated research campaigns have been conducted over the past few years. These campaigns involve observations with research aircraft, satellites, research balloons, and ground-based instruments, as well as related modelling efforts. Specifically, these are the series of GW-LCYCLE (Gravity Wave Life CYCLE) campaigns conducted in northern Scandinavia in winter 2013 and 2015/16 as well as the NSF-DEEPWAVE (The DEEP PROPAGATING GRAVITY WAVE EXPERIMENT) campaign conducted in June/July 2014 from New Zealand. The German contributions to these activities were funded in the scope of the ROMIC (Role of the Middle atmosphere in Climate) research focus of the German Ministry for Education and Research as well as the MS-GWAVES (Multi Scale dynamics of Gravity WAVES) research unit funded by the German Science Foundation. For this special issue, we invite contributions describing observations and related modelling studies focusing on results achieved during these field campaigns. However, beyond studies specifically addressing results obtained in the framework of GW-LCYCLE and DEEPWAVE, we also invite any related studies dealing with GW processes and their impact on the atmosphere. Within this framework, contributions focusing on both scientific and methodological aspects will be considered.

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28 Aug 2020
Airborne measurements and large-eddy simulations of small-scale gravity waves at the tropopause inversion layer over Scandinavia
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16 May 2019
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03 Jan 2019
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 77–88,,, 2019
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30 Oct 2018
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Mesoscale fine structure of a tropopause fold over mountains
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15643–15667,,, 2018
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07 Sep 2018
Gravity waves excited during a minor sudden stratospheric warming
Andreas Dörnbrack, Sonja Gisinger, Natalie Kaifler, Tanja Christina Portele, Martina Bramberger, Markus Rapp, Michael Gerding, Jens Faber, Nedjeljka Žagar, and Damjan Jelić
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 12915–12931,,, 2018
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23 Jul 2018
Limited angle tomography of mesoscale gravity waves by the infrared limb-sounder GLORIA
Isabell Krisch, Jörn Ungermann, Peter Preusse, Erik Kretschmer, and Martin Riese
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 4327–4344,,, 2018
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26 Jun 2018
Local time dependence of polar mesospheric clouds: a model study
Francie Schmidt, Gerd Baumgarten, Uwe Berger, Jens Fiedler, and Franz-Josef Lübken
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 8893–8908,,, 2018
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17 May 2018
A novel method for the extraction of local gravity wave parameters from gridded three-dimensional data: description, validation, and application
Lena Schoon and Christoph Zülicke
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6971–6983,,, 2018
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14 May 2018
Observation of Kelvin–Helmholtz instabilities and gravity waves in the summer mesopause above Andenes in Northern Norway
Gunter Stober, Svenja Sommer, Carsten Schult, Ralph Latteck, and Jorge L. Chau
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6721–6732,,, 2018
09 Apr 2018
On the origin of the mesospheric quasi-stationary planetary waves in the unusual Arctic winter 2015/2016
Vivien Matthias and Manfred Ern
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 4803–4815,,, 2018
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22 Feb 2018
An intercomparison of stratospheric gravity wave potential energy densities from METOP GPS radio occultation measurements and ECMWF model data
Markus Rapp, Andreas Dörnbrack, and Bernd Kaifler
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1031–1048,,, 2018
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12 Jan 2018
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Temporal variability of tidal and gravity waves during a record long 10-day continuous lidar sounding
Kathrin Baumgarten, Michael Gerding, Gerd Baumgarten, and Franz-Josef Lübken
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 371–384,,, 2018
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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, 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
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14937–14953,,, 2017
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14 Dec 2017
Mountain waves modulate the water vapor distribution in the UTLS
Romy Heller, Christiane Voigt, Stuart Beaton, Andreas Dörnbrack, Andreas Giez, Stefan Kaufmann, Christian Mallaun, Hans Schlager, Johannes Wagner, Kate Young, and Markus Rapp
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14853–14869,,, 2017
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