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AMT | Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 2937–2947, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-2937-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 2937–2947, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-2937-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 18 May 2018

Research article | 18 May 2018

Derivation of gravity wave intrinsic parameters and vertical wavelength using a single scanning OH(3-1) airglow spectrometer

Sabine Wüst et al.
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OH*-spectrometer measurements allow the analysis of gravity wave ground-based periods, but spatial information cannot necessarily be deduced. We combine the approach of Wachter at al. (2015) in order to derive horizontal wavelengths (but based on only one OH* spectrometer) with additional information about wind and temperature and compute vertical wavelengths. Knowledge of these parameters is a precondition for the calculation of further information such as the wave group velocity.
OH*-spectrometer measurements allow the analysis of gravity wave ground-based periods, but...
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