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We investigate stratospheric gravity wave observations by the Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder (AIRS) and the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS). Waves seen by AIRS contribute significantly to momentum flux, which indicates a calculated momentum flux factor. AIRS and HIRDLS agree well in the phase structure of the wave events and also in the seasonal and latitudinal patterns of gravity wave activity and can be used complementary to each other.
AMT | Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 215–232, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-215-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 215–232, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-215-2018

Research article 12 Jan 2018

Research article | 12 Jan 2018

Intercomparison of AIRS and HIRDLS stratospheric gravity wave observations

Catrin I. Meyer et al.

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We investigate stratospheric gravity wave observations by the Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder (AIRS) and the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS). Waves seen by AIRS contribute significantly to momentum flux, which indicates a calculated momentum flux factor. AIRS and HIRDLS agree well in the phase structure of the wave events and also in the seasonal and latitudinal patterns of gravity wave activity and can be used complementary to each other.
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