Articles | Volume 14, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 6821–6833, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-6821-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 6821–6833, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-6821-2021

Research article 22 Oct 2021

Research article | 22 Oct 2021

Gravity wave instability structures and turbulence from more than 1.5 years of OH* airglow imager observations in Slovenia

René Sedlak et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2021-134', Anonymous Referee #1, 11 Jun 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', René Sedlak, 09 Aug 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on amt-2021-134', Anonymous Referee #2, 04 Jul 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', René Sedlak, 09 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by René Sedlak on behalf of the Authors (09 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Aug 2021) by Gerd Baumgarten
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (10 Sep 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (20 Sep 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (28 Sep 2021) by Gerd Baumgarten
AR by René Sedlak on behalf of the Authors (30 Sep 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (30 Sep 2021) by Gerd Baumgarten
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Short summary
High-resolution images of the OH* airglow layer (ca. 87 km height) acquired at Otlica Observatory, Slovenia, have been analysed. A statistical analysis of small-scale wave structures with horizontal wavelengths up to 4.5 km suggests strong presence of instability features in the upper mesosphere or lower thermosphere. The dissipated energy of breaking gravity waves is derived from observations of turbulent vortices. It is concluded that dynamical heating plays a vital role in the atmosphere.