Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1031-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1031-2018
Research article
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22 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 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

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Temperature profiles from operational weather satellites are used to determine the global distribution of gravity wave activity. This is an important information to constrain global climate models. The quality of this data set is assessed by systematic comparison to model fields from ECMWF which are considered very high quality. This reveals good agreement between model and observations, albeit the model misses localized centers of wave activity if model resolution is too low.